President Edgar Lungu says he will not be distracted by people making baseless allegations of corruption each time government unveils a major project.
President Lungu said the interest of his critics is to cause fear so that government does not implement massive developmental projects around the country.
The Head of State stressed that government remains resolved in ensuring that it delivers according to the promises it made to the Zambian people during the 2016 general elections.
ZANIS reports that President Lungu said this when he officiated at the diversion of Kafue river to mark the construction of the US$ 2 billion Kafue Gorge Lower hydro power plant dam which is expected to be completed in mid-2020.
President Lungu vowed to fast track all long delayed developmental projects and reiterated that government will continue to deliver development in accordance to the law.
He wondered why for 14 years the Kafue Gorge Lower hydro power plant dam was not being implemented despite visibility studies being done.
President Lungu said he will continue to make bold decisions especially on projects that benefit the majority of the Zambians.
The Head of State said he was ready to lose popularity for making bold decisions aimed at spurring national developmental.
The President explained that the completion of the Kafue Gorge Lower Hydro power project will help to address the power deficit in the country.
And speaking earlier at the same function Southern Province minister Edify Hamukale praised President Lungu for making a bold decision to kick start the hydro project.
The provincial minister noted that once the project is completed it will benefit the entire country.
Chinese ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming who witnessed the event assured President Lungu that China will continue to support government’s infrastructure development agenda.
Mr Youming said the construction of the Kafue Gorge Lower hydro power project will help in improving the social economic welfare of local communities.
He noted that power is critical in driving the country’s economy and commended government for using natural resources to enhance development in the country.
Mr Youming said China recognises the efforts government was making in spearheading developmental projects.
And Energy minister David Mabumba disclosed that 4, 000 jobs will be created during the peak of the project and that currently 3,000 jobs have been created since the project was launched in 2015.
The Minister said Zambia stands to be a power hub for the region once the 750 megawatts project is completed.
In a vote of thanks, senior Chieftainess Nkomenshya Mukamambo II thanked President Lungu for gracing the occasion.
She saluted ZESCO for following laid down procedures when acquiring land from traditional leaders.
The senior chief urged other companies to emulate ZESCO when embarking on projects that involve customary land.