Chief Government Spokesperson and Minister of Information and Broadcasting Chishimba Kambwili has said that Heritage Party President Brigadier General Godfrey Miyanda should not stoop so low as to join The Post newspaper’s baseless crusade against the Government.
In a media statement in reacting to the story in the Post Newspaper quoting Gen Miyanda, Mr Kambwili said that Government could only wish that can only wish that General Miyanda was misquoted as the Government did not expect a person of his standing in society to stoop so low.
Mr Kambwili said that Government expected people of General Miyanda’s standing, a former republican vice president, for that matter, to offer sober and constructive advice that contributes positively to nation building.
Below is the full statement
STATEMENT BY HON. CHISHIMBA KAMBWILI, MP, MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ON HERITAGE PARTY LEADER BRIG-GENERAL GODFREY MIYANDA
Government has dismissed with contempt, remarks attributed to opposition Heritage party leader Brig-General Godfrey Miyanda that His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu failed to address serious questions surrounding the governance of the country when he opened Parliament last Friday, as reported in today’s Post newspaper.
In his speech, which has been well received by a cross-section of Zambians, President Lungu announced major policy decisions aimed at transforming Zambia into a better and prosperous country for all, contrary to remarks attributed to General Miyanda.
Among other pronouncements, the President announced long-term solutions to the current electricity shortages through increased and sustained investment in the energy sector aimed at transforming the country from a power-deficit to a power-surplus nation.
The measures include the Zambia-Zimbabwe partnership to develop a 1,800 megawatts power station at Batoka Gorge in Southern Province at estimated cost of US$4 billion and the expansion, in collaboration with the private sector, of power generation at Kafue Gorge Lower which, upon completion in three years time, will generate an additional 750 megawatts.
Government will also increase power generation at Chishimba and Musonda Falls and other hydro-power stations around the country.
The President also announced specific measures to revive the cooperative movement in the country as a vehicle for accelerating rural development.
The President announced that Government planned to invest about US$6 billion to construct railway lines that will link Zambia to eastern and western parts of Africa.
His Excellency the President also re-affirmed Government’s commitment to table, during this sitting of Parliament, the non contentious issues in the Draft Republican Constitution.
The President further ordered commencement of consultations on revision of the Public Order Act and possible amendments to remove archaic provisions that impinge on media freedoms.
We can only wish that General Miyanda was misquoted as we do not expect a person of his standing in society to stoop so low as to join The Post newspaper’s baseless crusade against the Government.
Rather, we expect people of General Miyanda’s standing, a former republican vice president, for that matter, to offer sober and constructive advice that contributes positively to nation building.
Hon. Chishimba Kambwili, MP
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROACASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON.
22nd September, 2015