FDD President Edith Nawakwi says she has been moved by the alarming poverty levels in Luapula Province.Ms Nawakwi said that she gets annoyed when she sees such high levels of poverty while Government is misusing resources on what she termed rubbish things.
Speaking in Bangweulu Constituency where she is on a campaign trail for the party candidate Robby Mwansa in the forth coming by-election, Ms. Nawakwi said the PF have been telling people that they are developing the country when in fact the opposite is happening on the ground.
“I get so annoyed when I move around in rural areas and see this appalling poverty levels in the country especially in rural areas while Government officials continue to misuse state resources by buying rubbish oil and other useless things.We are here in Bangweulu Constituency and this Government decides to start grading roads which you don’t even need at the moment because what I see here is that you definitely don’t need roads but what you need is food, what you need is clinics because you can’t call what you are using a clinic. I am from checking your school and the teachers don’t even have accommodation.You built those small houses for teachers but the teachers in the area are not even getting help from Government because they have been fooled. These are the important things your Government should be bringing instead bribing voters.In any case by grading these roads while you are hungry they are telling that they don’t know what your challenges are.”
Ms. Nawakwi who camped at headman Kapaka’s village wondered how the people are surviving because there is no sign of any economic activities in the area.
“I wonder how you are surviving in this area because there is no sign of any economic activity anywhere. Everywhere I have visited the story is the same, you cannot even see a chicken in villages, no goats nothing! I spent a night at headman Kapaka’s village and I met a woman who has a tooth ache which has turned septic because she doesn’t have money to go to Samfya General Hospital where she has been told to go.”
And the opposition leader also bemoaned the high number of teenage mothers in the district saying it is not healthy for children to be having babies.
“I was at Kaishe where I took a ten day old baby to the under five clinic for the first time because the mother is too young to understand anything about motherhood and the baby is not gaining weight because the mother is not producing milk.It is not healthy for children to be having babies because their bodies are not ready to start having children and the reasons for this unfortunate situation in communities is because of poverty and lack of recreational activities for these teenagers. Instead of grading roads for your votes these are the things which the President and his Government should be looking into not doing roads where people need food, schools and health facilities.
I have seen many mothers trying to build a community clinic by themselves and I told them that I will not hesitate to support them by bringing them 200 bags of cement, window frames and roofing sheets once this by election is over. I know someone will say am trying to buy votes but tell them to also build houses for teachers because I have seen that they don’t have accommodation.Moreover the Government has brought graders to try and buy your votes by grading your roads.” Ms. Nawakwi said.
She further called on the people in the constituency to challenge President Edgar Lungu and his Government to show them the development they have been preaching about because as far as she is concerned there is no sign of development to write home about in the entire province adding that all she can see is impoverished communities deprived of the little resources there is in the country.