President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (centre) accompanied by Southern Province Minisrer Dr. Edify Hamukale takes a walk in Dundumwezi on Tuesday,July 11,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (centre) accompanied by Southern Province Minisrer Dr. Edify Hamukale takes a walk in Dundumwezi on Tuesday,July 11,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017

Chief Chikanta of Kalomo district in Southern Province says President Edgar Lungu deserves commendation for honoring the pledges he made to the people of Dundumwezi when he visited the area last year.

Chief Chikanta said President Lungu has delivered on his promise to erect communication towers and electrify Dundumwezi area, which he says is commendable.

He said the only thing remaining now is to work on the roads which are in a deplorable state.

The traditional leader said the chiefs asked for three things namely communication towers, electricity and roads from the head of state which he said are currently being worked on.

And the traditional leader has expressed happiness over works being carried out on the electricity grid extension project, which has since been commissioned saying the project will improve the economic status of the area.

He noted that people are anxious to see the project take off saying he has been receiving numerous calls from his subjects regarding the project.

Chief Chikanta stated that the people of Dundumwezi appreciate President Edgar Lungu’s developmental agenda.

The traditional leader was speaking when Minister of Energy Matthew Nkhuwa and the delegation from the Rural Electrification Authority called on him at the palace during their tour of the grid extension power project site after the handover of the project to the contractor for implementation.

The chief asked the Minister to consider extending the power line 11 more kilometers to reach the only secondary schools in the area, Jonathan Sim-Chikanta School which was initially not in the plan for electrification.

The Minister of Energy Mathew Nkhuwa assured the chief that the request would be taken into consideration.

Mr. Nkhuwa said government had in the past borrowed money to do projects that would benefit its people across the country adding that the people of Dundumwezi were not an exception.

He said the people of Dundumwezi will not only benefit from the use of electricity but will also gain employment during project implementation.

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  1. “ONLY A TONGA MUST LEAD UPND” says Sejani. Dundumwenzi is famous for giving Lungu 200 votes against HH’s 37000. No matter what development the government brings to the TONGA land it will never be appreciated as long as their small god HH is not in the state house. TONGAS are hard core tribalists who don’t see beyond their tribe. Tribalism is in their DNA. I’m happy that the wind of change is blowing across my province North western province (NW) in favor of PF because the people are now appreciating the massive developments being rolled out in the province by PF government and are tired of tribal and hate politics from UPND. My request to the government is that take more development to NW not SP.

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    • I am doing my best to be current in reading about post-colonial nation-building and nation-building in general. I don’t believe in the kind of hatred you are propagating here. Nation-building infrastructure UNIP laid was problematic from the beginning because it promoted imperial attitudes in some citizens as they were raised above others. Take local language broadcasts on ZNBC radio. Only two languages broadcast at lunch time daily and this has been the case since the 1960s. Listen to the music they play. Other languages in those same language groups hardly have their songs played. What “one Zambia one nation” is being built by ZNBC? Languages were grouped to save money but we have imperial attitudes in return. How do you cure this?

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  2. Still on nation-building, the Nigerian example is instructive as far as lessons in failure go. During the 1970s oil boom, Nigeria was carved up into more and more states in the mistaken belief that when you have tribal homogenity development will be speeded up. This just created more and more layers of government and some sinecures for the political classes and little else in terms growing the economy. The oil money was thus squandered paying for these layers of government and later on oil prices fell and reality kicked in. There were few private sector jobs to absorb people in the end.

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  3. The chief has forgotten that what he’s doing is wrong because he’s owned by Hichilema. He needs to get permission from Hichilema and Chemical Mukuni before he cooperates with govt, otherwise there’ll be consequences. Hichilema reminded everyone that he owns Southern province

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    • Of course HH owns Southern Province “politically” as he stated this clearly. Only a twisted pr.i.k and di.ck.head like you would try and twist things!

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    • HH never said what LT reported. ECL’s govt taxes everybody and therefore has obligation to spend govt money everywhere. It’s that simple. If it was PF money it would have been another story and no one would be concerned.

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