President Edgar Lungu says his government will investigate reports that an investor who bought off Zambezi Sawmills during the privatisation process has also acquired public assets such as the Mulobezi Railway Line, institutional houses and schools.
President Lungu says there is no way an investor can take over vital assets meant for public good.
The President said if the reports are proved to be true, he will have no option but to invoke powers vested in him as republican President to effect compulsory acquisition of the assets and give them back to the people so that they continue enjoying the facilities.
“Be assured that you have a caring government that is not scared to reverse decisions of past governments that were made in error,” President Lungu said.
The President was speaking in Mulobezi today when he addressed a series of campaign meetings to drum up support for the Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Patricia Mulasikwanda Mambeya for the June 30 parliamentary by-election.
And President Lungu has urged the electorate in Mulobezi constituency to vote for the PF candidate Patricia Mambeya to allow the PF administration deliver development to the people.
President Lungu said the PF administration has an ambitious programme to develop the whole country.
He however told the people of Mulobezi that his government will find it easier to work with a Member of Parliament from the PF.
President Lungu said the PF has been finding it hard working with some opposition parties that have been refusing their MPs from serving in the PF administration.
The President reiterated that he and his government are poised to bounce back in the 2016 Presidential and general elections because of the inclusive approach he has taken since assuming office.
He reminded the people of Mulobezi that it was for this reason that the constituency should give his administration a PF MP.
“If you give us an opposition MP, it will be very difficult to work with us because the opposition don’t want to work with us,” he said.
PF candidate Patricia Mambeya apologised to the people of Mulobezi for the wrongs she may have committed.
Speaking at the same campaign meetings, PF campaign manager for the Mulobezi parliament by election Jean Kapata assured President Lungu that the PF is confident of scooping the seat in Tuesday’s polls.