Vice President Inonge Wina (middle) addressing a public rally at Namatama Ground in Livingstone
Vice President Inonge Wina (middle) addressing a public rally at Namatama Ground in Livingstone

REPUBLICAN Vice President Inonge has directed the Water Affairs Department under the Ministry of Water and Energy Development to ensure that all towns located near Rivers should be drawing water directly from the rivers throughout the country to improve their access to drinking water.

Ms Wina said it was surprising that some parts of Livingstone, a City which was located near Zambezi River, had no drinking water.

She said President Edgar Lungu was aware of many challenges in Livingstone including the scarcity of water.

“We also want to see more conference centres, hotels and lodges established in Livingstone to create jobs for our youths.

“We want our youths to start benefiting from the tourism sector by giving them loans and appropriate skills as most tour operators are foreigners,” he said.

Ms Wina was speaking in Livingstone yesterday when she addressed a mammoth public rally at Namatama Grounds to drum up support for President Lungu and all Patriotic Front (PF) candidates in the forthcoming General Elections.

She also warned PF members against supporting independent candidates in this year’s elections.

More than 200 defectors from United Party for National Development (UPND) joined PF at the same rally.

And Ms Wina has directed the Ministry of Education to upgrade Livingstone’s Simonga Primary School into a day secondary school.

The Vice President gave a directive yesterday when she addressed a public rally in Simanga village in Livingston to boost support for the Livingston PF aspiring MP Omar Munsanje and President Edgar Lungu.

Ms Wina said the Patriotic Front administration was committed to uplifting the education standards across the country and provide education from Primary to University.

“I am aware that you need a secondary school here, but before we can construct one, I am directing that Simonga Primary be upgraded to a Day Secondary school,” she said.

And Ms Wina has called on Simonga residents to get fully involved in the development of the area to that it could be part of the tourist destination.

She said Simonga could be transformed into a cultural tourism destination.

She said it was unacceptable that Simonga being part of the country’s tourist capital could not tap from the location advantage.

She said by voting for President Lungu and Mr Munsanje, would guarantee development in
Simoonga which she said was a good example of a region that practiced the ‘One Zambia One Nation’ moto.

“Those people who think they can go to statehouse by depending on one province will not make it,” she said

At the same rally, Agriculture minister Given Lubinda took a swipe against some opposition leaders who were telling people that food was in short supply and expensive in Zambia.

Mr Lubinda said Zambian was the only country in the region that had food surplus and at the lowest price in terms of maize meal.

Before holding a rally in Simoonga, the Vice President visited two funeral homes near the venue where she offered her condolences.

Vice President Inonge Wina (right) and Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda (left) consoling mourners in Simoonga Ward of Livingstone yesterday before she addressed a public rally in the area.
Vice President Inonge Wina (right) and Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda (left) consoling mourners in Simoonga Ward of Livingstone yesterday before she addressed a public rally in the area.
 Vice President Inonge Wina (middle) consoling mourners in Simoonga Ward of Livingstone yesterday before she addressed a public rally in the area
Vice President Inonge Wina (middle) consoling mourners in Simoonga Ward of Livingstone yesterday before she addressed a public rally in the area
Vice President Inonge Wina (middle) addressing a public rally at Namatama Ground in Livingstone
Vice President Inonge Wina (middle) addressing a public rally at Namatama Ground in Livingstone
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  1. Things are really messed up! In this age and time Zambian people are still expected to draw water directly from rivers were wild animals also drink water……. SHAME SHAME

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    • Dear mama Wina, how many children are you going to deny primary education? When in other parts your are busy building universities and for this part of the country you are proud to convert a primary school into a secondary school. Who will teach there? Where are you taking those primary school teachers from that school? Sure this is failure to plan and quick fix syndrome PF has come to be known by.

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  2. Yes it is totally unacceptable that a river is in the backyard of a town and yet water is a scarce commodity. Those millions we are dishing out in campaigns can simply be channeled towards such projects and then sonta.

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    • What is unacceptable is for consumers to draw water from these rivers; there is nothing for water utility companies to source and processes water for consumers from the rivers such as the Zambezi or Luangwa etc.
      This is how we get tap water in developed countries.

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  3. Umuntu nga akota amano yalapwa, old age turns some people into babies..who treats water in rivers bo Inonge?

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  4. That doesnt look like a mammoth rally to me, unless the definition of mammoth has been revised

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  5. You did not understand what she meant… That is the problem of being a cadre… She meant that water can be made accessible by suing the river… Make a dam or something that will draw water from the river, purify it and channel to the people… Dull chaps!!!

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  6. You did not understand what she meant… That is the problem of being a cadre… She meant that water can be made accessible by using the river… Make a dam or something that will draw water from the river, purify it and channel to the people… Dull chaps!!!

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  7. What she meant was to setup a water works plant since water is nearby. Dullness is poison to the soul. People should learn to interpolate statements.

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  8. Don’t add your own comments as what she said was plain and clear. She is asking residents to go and draw water from the Zambezi and drink it untreated… unless she was not quoted right or some of what she said wasn’t published.

    So many things wrong here… first why should it be a directive from the veep for a school to be upgraded to a secondary school, shouldn’t that be left to the technocrats to decide, knowing there are so many variables to consider?

    Also the campaigning in full PF regalia at a funeral is just plain wrong. Remove those PF colours and go mourn in your own clothes and own capacity if you really mean it. Perhaps the deceased wasn’t even a PF cadre.

    I like the ‘Musisi’ attire from Given Lubinda though. 🙂

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  9. Drawing drinking water from a river, ka? This is really back to medieval times – Dununa Reverse in it’s true sense! And some are busy shouting pa bwato pa bwato! Well, I hope you know how to deal with crocodiles and hippos in the Zimbezi 🙂 Vote PF at your own risk. Do not say that you were not warned or that you had no better option, because you clearly the best the world can give in HH and UPND – Zambia must be going FORWARD!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. wow……that rally was really of Mammoth proportions mamamamamamamama

    the report did a bad job, has poor writing skills.

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  11. in other words our grandmother is saying people in:

    1. Lusaka, Chilanga , Kafue and all surrounding areas draw from the Kafue river
    2. Livingstone must draw water from Vic Falls
    3. Western draw from the Zambezi
    4. Chirundu, Siavonga and all surrounding areas draw from the Kariba Dam
    5. Namwala, Itezhitezhi and all surrounding areas draw from the Otezhitezhi Dam
    6. Nothern, Luapula……. draw from Lake Tanganyika or any nearest Lake
    7. Kabwe, Chibombo and surrounding areas draw from the Chibombo River

    DO NOT MIND ABOUT THE POLLUTION OR ANY HEALTHY HAZARD, JUST DRAW WATER FROM YOUR NEAREST SOURCE…..ITS FREEEEEEEEEEEE

    In conclusion, we as pf have no further need for Ministry of Water Affairs as Zambia has enough water sources where people can draw water any time free of…

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  12. When do the illegal ministers in PF actually work? All we get are directives from the President and Vice-President – the commissioning of this Kantemba and that. When do ministers make any policy pronouncements from actual planning outcomes? Apart from loud mouth for nothing Kambwili, I don’t even remember who is minister for what ministry most of the time.

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  13. UPND plan to appoint @ Jah Messenger also known as KING SIZE SCANDAL of RSA as the Killer in Chief Cadre of UPND! The guy is a manifestation of the power hungry (angry) of UPND! Their souls will “rest in pieces” after two weeks! Watch this space!

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  14. Thank you LT for showing us a variety of pictures for bo VP’s rally. It is good she was afforded a peaceful gathering in a province the president once dubbed the most violent province. Uhm as for her advice of making full use of our nearby fluvial (water) systems….I am still scratching my head, failing to figure out her logic….but I am sure she meant well….somehow….somewhere.

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  15. I don’t think PF understands that in order for tourism to work, you need skilled labour. You need someone with an education in managing this sector. Tourism is the fastest growing industries and to tap into this we need degree students. Giving loans to youth will not work unless they have a real understanding of global challenges, trends, marketing, management, financing behind it, customer management, laws and liability issues etc. It is not just simply handing loans if you want tourism to flourish. Foreign tour operators take advantage because we don’t know how to manage our own industry. Education is the key indicator to national development. A primary, secondary school and university are needed. Most important technology such as internet is key in this industry.

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    • PF obviously has NO CLUE AT ALL about how tourism works!

      Just look, they made a GRADE SEVEN NURSE the Minister of Arts and Tourism! This Jean Kapata has even failed to do anything for the Mandevu constituency that she represents and failed altogether. So what can she do with anything BIGGER?

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  16. If Inonge wants change she should fire Jean Kapata and Stephen Mwansa who are very useless. She should inquire into why degree students from North America and Switzerland were denied internship opportunities to bring their skills and help fellow Zambians in this sector. As someone mentioned tourism can greatly benefit from the digital transformation. Guests want to use their smart phones or internet on vacation and those doing business need internet and this is what differentiates us from those foreign tour operators because they cater to their guests in a customized manner based on who they are and what they want to aspire during their stay. With no education, training or skills, how can youth create unique differentiated services? Let’s use logic here!

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