PATRIOTIC Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu has pledged to address the problem of late payments to farmers for produce supplied to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA).
Addressing a rally in Katete where he shared the podium with former President Rupiah Banda yesterday, Mr Lungu apologised to the farmers for late payment for maize supplied to FRA and promised that the matter will be resolved.
Mr Lungu also promised to address the issue of the tobacco market which has been a challenge for farmers.
He also pledged to resolve the water crisis so that residents can have access to clean water and sanitation.
Mr Lungu promised that water reservoirs will be built in Katete so that people can have safe drinking.
He said other than improving water, he will ensure that more schools are built and those under construction are completed so that every Zambia can have access to quality education.
He said as an educated young leader, he wants farmers, marketeers and young people to get educated so that they can manage their social and economic activities.
He pledged to honour campaign promises.
Mr Lungu urged all ministers to work hard.
He said any minister who will fail to perform in his Government will be sacked because people want clean drinking water, quality education and an improved agriculture sector among others, promises that can achieved as a team.
Mr Lungu, who doubles as minister of Justice and Defence, also promised to expand education opportunities for all Zambians.
“I will work for Zambians and ensure that every Zambian has an opportunity to get an education,” he said.
Mr Lungu also chided Chongwe Member of Parliament (MP) Sylvia Masebo over her remarks that he is sick and should go for medical tests.
And Mr Banda urged Zambians to vote for Mr Lungu as way of honouring late President Sata’s legacy of promoting love and unity among Zambians.
Mr Banda, who was drumming support for Mr Lungu in Katete yesterday, urged all Zambians to vote for PF for peace and unity.
He said late President Sata was his personal friend who wanted to ensure that the country develops and remained united under the banner of ‘One Zambia, One Nation’.
He said that it is sad that since he endorsed the candidature of Mr Lungu, he has been labelled as tribal but veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga was not similarly labelled when he endorsed United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema’s candidature.
Mr Banda said whatever differences he had with President Sata and the PF were resolved and metaphorically remarked that ‘even trees rub against each other but remain in the same forest’.
He called on Zambians to campaign against any MMD MP who will not support the candidature of Mr Lungu.
He said MPs who are forcing him to support Mr Hichilema should think twice because the same leader was busy telling him that he was too old to be in politics.
Mr Banda said as a united force, PF and the MMD are unstoppable at this stage.
In Chipata, Mr Lungu reiterated that he will enact a new constitution if elected presidents.
Addressing a public rally with Mr Banda yesterday, Mr Lungu said when he became minister of Justice, he released the final draft constitution and will give the Zambians the final constitution once he is voted into office.
Mr Lungu rebutted claims that he will drop charges slapped on Mr Banda if elected president but said the courts will decide whether the former head of state is guilty or not.
He said Mr Banda is free to join politics and there is no law that stops him from doing so.
Mr Lungu reiterated that those evading taxes will have to pay what is due to the country.
And Mr Banda said criticising him over his support for Mr Lungu will not deter him from ensuring that the PF retains power in this month’s poll.
Mr Lungu’s campaign team earlier held another rally in Chadiza.
And Mr Lungu has pledged to address problems people of Mafinga are facing such as the poor state of roads if elected president
Addressing a public rally in Mafinga as he concluded his 12-day campaign trail in Muchinga Province on Monday, Mr Lungu pledged to continue with programmes initiated by late President Sata
He bemoaned the poor state of roads and pledged to work on them if elected president
His campaign team was received by MMD Mafinga MP Catherine Namugala who immediately took him to meet two chiefs.
Ms Namugala who has endorsed Mr Lungu’s candidature said people should vote for him because he is the right candidate.
And Mr Lungu has promised that milling plants will be established countrywide to reduce the cost of doing business in the agriculture sector.
And Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Mkhondo Lungu who is also Lundazi Central MP with his Lumezi counterpart Isaac Banda have endorsed Mr Lungu’s candidature.
Mr Lungu told the crowd that braved a down pour at Lundazi’s Kaunda Square ground on Monday that farmers are getting a raw deal from their maize because of middlemen.
Mr Lungu said setting up of milling plants will be done in-conjunction with the private sector who are also key economic players in maize marketing.
He also apologised to Lundazi residents who were evicted by the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) from the game management area last year saying the measures taken were inhuman.