Outspoken opposition politician Bowman Lusambo has declared his intentions to contest the Kabushi constituency seat in Ndola in the 2016 general elections.
Mr Lusambo made the declaration when he featured on a live radio programme on Ndola’s SUN FM on Wednesday.
He said he has been motivated to contest the seat after receiving overwhelming endorsements from local people saying time has come for young people to enter leadership positions.
Mr Lusambo who said he grew up in the area added that he identifies himself with the challenges the people of Kabushi are facing.
‘I lived here for many years and i know what you people go through. It is sad that the water and sanitation sector has deteriorated over the years. We need to overhaul the entire water supply system and ensure that the people of Kabushi access clean drinking water,’ Mr Lusambo said.
He said it is unacceptable that some areas in Kabushi are still using pit latrines 51 years after Zambia attained independence.
‘This goes to show that we have not prioritised the basic needs of the people after many years of Independence. We need to put the interest of the people first,’ he declared.
‘Kabushi is barely 2 Kilometres away from the CBD and people are still using pit latrines. This is unacceptable. Once elected MP, i will work towards resolving the water challenges in Kabushi so that our people can live happily in better sanitation standards,’ he said.
Mr Lusambo who is also MMD National Youth Secretary said he will lobby the Ministry of Finance and other development partners for investments in the water and sanitation sector in Kabushi once elected MP.
Mr Lusambo also took a swipe at current MP Dorothy Kazunga accusing her of failing to the people of Kabushi.
‘Each time i come to Ndola, the people of Kabushi tell me that Madam Kazunga has failed them. She has failed to initiate any projects here and they complain that every time they see her, she pulls her car windows to hide from the people thinking they will ask for money. The MP must be visible to the people,’ Mr Lusambo said.
He said, ‘Madam Kazunga rarely speaks in Parliament, most times she is half asleep in the House making her very ineffective as an MP.’
Mr Lusambo also promised to prioritise the street lighting project in Kabushi once elected MP saying it is a security risk now that most areas of Kabushi are so dark.