Chief Kambwali has challenged the eight Luapula Ministers currently serving in President Lungu’s Cabinet to unite and change the poverty levels of the Province by implementing more poverty reduction programmes in the Province.
Chief Kambwali thanked President Lungu for appointing eight Cabinet Minister from Luapula as a strategy of reducing the poverty levels which currently stand at 82 per cent in the Province.
The Chief said President Lungu has given Luapula people through the appointment of eight Ministers a test to see if they can use their privilege to serve in their ministerial portifilios to reduce the daunting poverty for the people of Luapula.
The traditional leader predicted that there might be no other chance for Luapula to have eight Ministers in one Cabinet if this opportunity is not used properly to develop the Province.
He emphasized that if this chance to develop Luapula eludes the region, then Luapula will continue to remain backwards for millenniums to come.
Chief Kambwali reminded the serving Ministers to focus on the campaign promise that the late President Sata made to the people of Nchelenge of building them a Science and Technology Institute.
He disclosed this when Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Dr. Buleti Nsemukila paid a courtesy call on him on Saturday.
The Chief said Government should consider providing vehicles for all the Chiefs in the Province to ease their movements when going for their medical attention and reviews including attending meetings in Mansa and travelling to Lusaka when need arises.
He said he is happy with the cadre of civil servants working in Nchelenge because they are dedicated to their work.
Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Dr. Buleti Nsemukila disclosed that the President is equally concerned about the 82 percent poverty levels in Luapula and the Province being the poorest in Zambia.
Dr. Nsemukila said that is the reason probably the President appointed more Ministers from Luapula in his Cabinet to see how best they can help him to improve the human economic and social development index for the Province by reducing the poverty in the region.
He confirmed that if Luapula will fail to develop, the President will not be in the blame but the blame will be squarely on the civil servants who are tasked to implement the Government policies that should improve the living conditions of the people.
The Permanent Secretary said it is the role of civil servants to push for the implementation of political promises for the people to see results for their benefit.
Recently President Lungu when addressing a public rally at Katungulu Primary School grounds in Nchelenge stated that he will from 2017 to 2021 focus on Luapula first because it is the poorest province in Zambia and then western Province to reduce poverty in the two provinces as they are still economically backwards.