President Edgar Lungu has called on eligible citizens, especially the youth to register as voters ahead of the 2016 general elections. Speaking when he addressed multitude of youths at freedom Park in Kitwe, President Lungu said the by registering as voters, the youth will be asserting their rights in the governance of the nation.
President Lungu said that he wanted to work with the youth in developing the nation saying yesterday’s rally marks a great awakening for the young citizens in the country. President Lungu thanked youths for rejuvenating the spirit of participating in national issues. He said youths are the engine of national development. The President said youth empowerment should be actualised and that it should bring about meaningful benefits.
President Lungu said the ZCCM shares for the Black mountain in Kitwe will have to go to the people in the area. He urged leaders at the black mountain to ensure that everyone benefits from the Black mountain.
And the President said KCM management has assured him that no one will be retrenched. He has since urged the labour movement to defend the interests of the workers. President Lungu said that he has taken a personal stance to engage mining houses through dialogue to find a lasting solution to the challenges facing the sector.
Meanwhile, PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri urged youths on the Copperbelt to denounce regional politics. Ms Phiri said that all youths in the Province should register as voters. She also said that all suspensions in the party have been lifted.
And Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Chishimba Kambwili said challenges such as load shedding and depreciation of the kwacha cannot be blamed on Government because they are a global issue. Mr. Kambwili who is also Roan Member of Parliament said those politicising the challenges are not helping matters.
Copperbelt Provincial Minister Mwenya Musenge said that PF is silently working hard to upgrade roads on the Copperbelt.
Meanwhile Local Government and Housing Minister Steven Kampyongo said that he will work with marketers to spur economic growth adding access to land will be a priority for ordinary citizens.
At the same rally, Mines Deputy Minister and Wusakile Member of Parliament Richard Musukwa said that Government will only side with investors who have the interest of the nation at heart and not those laying off workers when things get bad.
And State House Minister Mulenga Sata said that the visionary leadership of late President Michael Sata is being manifested through President Lungu.
And PF Publicity Committee Vice- Chairperson Sunday Chanda says the youths on the Copperbelt are ready to give President Lungu a fresh mandate.