PRESIDENT Lungu says Chipata, Kasama, Solwezi and Mongu will be transformed into cities during his tenure as head of State.
And President Lungu has appealed to Paramount Chief Gawa Undi of the Chewa people and Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni to share one platform to promote unity in the two chiefdoms.
Mr Lungu said Chipata will soon be a city once the Chipata General Hospital is upgraded and modern infrastructure put in place.
He said this during a special interview with journalists at Luangwa House before he graced the Nc’wala ceremony on the western outskirts of Chipata on Saturday.
“As a freeman of Chipata, I would love that the Chipata Municipal Council attains the city status before I leave office. I will also go to Kasama, Mongu, and Solwezi and consult the respective councils,” he said.
President Lungu said he will work with Minister of Local Government and Housing John Phiri to ensure that Chipata and the three other provincial towns are transformed into cities.
He commended Chipata Municipal Council for conferring him the status of a freeman and promised to work with the local authorities.
He said Government is investing in infrastructure development such as the road network so that towns can be modernised.
On agriculture, he said Government will work on ensuring that farmers are paid on time and inputs delivered timely.
President Lungu said there is currently over 1.5 tonnes of maize in storage and that there is need to export the surplus to create space for the new crop.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has appealed to paramount chiefs Gawa Undi and Mpezeni to work together in the spirit of promoting ‘One Zambia, One Nation’.
He said it is his desire to see that the two paramount chiefs visit each other.
President Lungu said the motto ‘One Zambia, One Nation’ fosters unity not only among chiefs but all Zambians.
President Lungu also said Government will promote tourism through cultural activities like the Nc’wala ceremony, which attracts foreign and local tourists.
He said Zambia has many tourist attractions in Eastern Province and other parts of the country.