President Edgar Lungu says he will soon employ District Commissioners in all the five newly created districts in Eastern Province. Mr. Lungu has further implored Traditional Leaders and other stakeholders to come together and identify locations where the District Offices will be built in the new districts.
He said this is because his administration is “ in a hurry to develop the country and that the creation of new districts is one way of bringing services closer to the people.”
He has assured residents in the new districts of Lusangazi, Kasenegwa, chasefu and Lumezi Valley and Plateau of immense infrastructure development.
The Head of State was speaking when he held public meetings today in Chasefu and Lumezi Valley and Plateau to drum up support for the Patriotic Front candidates who will be contesting for the Council Chairperson positions in the July 26, 2018 elections.
The President has also urged people in the new districts to vote for the PF candidates noting that they will be able to actualize the vision of government.
He further stated that the Ministry of Local Government has already deployed council secretaries to assist in the establishment of the new districts.
President Lungu however, warned that government should not be blamed for delaying development in the new districts if squabbles between the traditional leadership and people are not ironed out.
On Friday, the President Edgar Lungu said that the creation of districts is stimulating the spread of developmental projects in the country. Mr. Lungu reaffirmed that the creation of districts brings about incentives that include, the establishment of hospitals and post offices among others institutions.
The Head of State also took time to appeal to the people of Lusangazi to vote for the Patriotic Front (PF) candidate William Banda in the forthcoming council chairperson elections slated for Thursday, July 26, 2018.
He urged the electorates to vote for a candidate who will not only advocate for development in the new district but one who knows and understands their various challenges.
He observed that each district has unique challenges.
The Head of State cited some of the challenges as lack of communication towers and banking facilities.
President Lungu has further urged the people of Lusangazi to work together and agree where the district offices and the Central Business District will be located in the new district
“We are in a hurry to bring development to the people, not listening to squabbles,” he said.
The President has since directed the Minister of Local Government Vincent Mwale to identify and create more districts in the country to spur development whenever resources are available.
President Lungu has also encouraged people to dialogue and not engage in political violence during the coming elections as violence deters development.
The Head of State is accompanied by the Presidential Affairs Minister, Freedom Sikazwe, Eastern Province Minister, Makebi Zulu, Members of Parliament for Kabwe Central, Sinda, Kapoche, Malambo, Katete, Chama South, Chadiza and Senior Government and Party Officials.