GOVERNMENT has spent over US$7 billion on infrastructural development over the last four years, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili has said.
And Mr Kambwili says some opposition political parties are practicing immature politics and want to get into power without regard for the people.
Speaking when he addressed Kasama and Mpulungu residents, Mr Kambwili, who is chief government spokesperson, said he is surprised that some opposition political leaders are condemning the government for borrowing money for infrastructure development.
He urged the electorate to give the Patriotic Front (PF) a chance to develop the country.
“We have done over US$7 billion worth of infrastructural development since the PF came into power. We have turned Zambia into a construction site which is in turn providing employment to the people,” Mr Kambwili said.
He said the country cannot develop without borrowing.
He also said Government has managed to construct schools, hospitals and roads under the Link Zambia 8000 road project.
“The opposition leaders that are condemning the government for borrowing to construct roads are busy using the same roads during the campaigns. I think the politics being practiced are immature and people should assess that some of these politicians do not mean well for the country,” he said.
And Mr Kambwili wondered why some opposition leaders are blaming President Lungu for load shedding when it is as a result of a natural cause.
The minister assured Zambians that the government is constructing various power-generation plants that will result in the country exporting power by 2025.
“We need to practise mature politics. Some opposition leaders want people to feel the pain of suffering so that they can vote against the PF,” Mr Kambwili said.
He said the government is also spending huge sums of money to import various products, which has resulted in high commodity prices.
“The way forward is to start setting up manufacturing industries so that we add value to the agricultural products,” he said.