Friday, February 23, 2024

We didn’t build Hospitals, Schools, Roads and Clinics in rural areas and townships to win votes-President Lungu

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President Lungu has said that his government did not build hospitals and clinics in rural areas and townships, schools and roads so we could win votes.

Posting a message after engaging in several activities in North Western Province, that included meeting chiefs, the president said that his government did it because it was the right thing to do and that was what good leadership entailed-to take care of citizens, to make their lives better.

The President further said that his party and government did it because they are patriotic citizens who want to see Zambia developed and be counted among other nations.

“We did it for posterity. I have no doubt that future generations will look back and still appreciate our efforts to make their lives better. This is what true leadership entails,” he said before urging Zambians to judge his team based on what they have done, adding that the yardstick is in Zambians hands

President Lungu meeting Zambezi chiefs namely; Senior Chief Ishindi, Chief Ishima, Chief Mpidi, Chief Chinyama,
President Lungu meeting Zambezi chiefs namely; Senior Chief Ishindi, Chief Ishima, Chief Mpidi, Chief Chinyama,

Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu has reiterated the government’s commitment to uplifting the wellbeing of traditional leaders whom he said were key stakeholders in developing the nation.

President Lungu said traditional leaders play a vital role in their subjects’ lives hence the need to continue taking care of their wellbeing.

He said government recognizes the importance of traditional leaders in society, stating that they are part of an integrated governance system.

He said this when he addressed chiefs in Zambezi district yesterday.

President Lungu said there is, therefore, need for government and traditional leaders to work together and ensure that people receive the services they deserve.

“It is a well-known fact that we as a government, we are responsible for you our traditional leaders. We know you are key stakeholders in developing this nation but you can only take part in building our nation if you are equipped with the necessary tools,” he said.

Dr. Lungu said as such, his government will remain committed to ensuring that chiefs are assisted with logistics such as vehicles so that they can perform as expected.

He also assured the traditional leaders that all their challenges have been noted and soon the government will work on them.

The Head of State added that the reason the government created a Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs is to look into issues that concern the welfare of traditional leaders.

President Lungu further said apart from constructing palaces, the government is, among other things, looking into the issue of transport and other means of helping chiefs to sustain their lives and of their subjects.

He said the government’s desire is to develop all parts of the country without leaving anyone behind.

The Head of State has since urged traditional leaders to choose leaders with vision and good manifestos as opposed to electing those who become enemies with the people when.

“Your Royal Highnesses, the people you choose to represent you in parliament have the power to bring development to this district but the problem is most people you choose become enemies, hence they do not lobby for support of development activities,” he said.

President Lungu meeting Zambezi chiefs namely; Senior Chief Ishindi, Chief Ishima, Chief Mpidi, Chief Chinyama,
President Lungu meeting Zambezi chiefs namely; Senior Chief Ishindi, Chief Ishima, Chief Mpidi, Chief Chinyama,

And speaking on behalf of chiefs, senior chief Ishindi informed President Lungu that the entire Lunda Royal Establishment is behind him and the PF government.

The traditional leader also thanked President Lungu for the massive development in the area, citing the construction of 10 heath posts, two mini hospitals, and schools among others.

“Your Excellency, be rest assured that the Lunda Royal Establishment is with you and we will support you and your PF party until 2026,” he said.

Senior chief Ishindi further praised President Lungu for the early delivery of farming inputs for 2021/2022 farming season, saying this will help farmers plan ahead before the onset of the next rain season.

The traditional leader was however quick to ask President Lungu to build a bridge across the Zambezi river, stating that it will help improve business among the local people.

Other traditional leaders that attended the meeting were chief Chinyama, chief Ishima, chief Mpidi and a representative of chief Kucheka.

Meanwhile, President Lungu toured a new market and interacted with traders while distributing face masks.

President Lungu’s Campaign Team during the meeting with Chiefs

26 COMMENTS

  1. Lungu is plainly and unashamedly lying.He goes on these “working visits” with PF party regalia and campaign team in plain sight .

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  2. Lungu is worried the high debt racked up to build these things might cost him votes.He’s either lying or he wants to have it both ways.

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  3. …in other words, he is campaigning while others are restricted? Clearly there in pf capacity….his goons have pf regalia…

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  4. “…..The traditional leader also thanked President Lungu for the massive development in the area……”

    That’s like thanking an ATM that charges you a fee to withdraw your own money…

    Anyone can build what lungu has built using borrowed money. He has even failed to payback that money.

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  5. WHAT A LOAD OF DWANG
    GOVERNMENT IS OBLIGED TO DO THIS
    IF HE WAS REPRESENTING GOVERNMENT WHY ALL THE PF REGALIA
    NONSENSE NONSENSE !!!!!!!!
    PF AND LUNGU MUST FALL AND THAT IS THE ONLY RELEVANT SAYING THESE DAYS ON THE GROUND

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  6. JOB WELL DONE, YOU DESERVE A BIG VOTE ON 12TH AUGUST 2021. YOUR POLITICAL COMPETITORS DOES NOT LIKE TO HEAR YOU REMINDING EVERY ONE OF WHAT YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS DONE.

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  7. Lol. The man is praising himself as a good leader.
    I don’t see how chiefs have the ability to influence anyone to vote for a particular candidate.

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  8. @ 1#Vote Wisely
    I read in the daily mail tabloid yesterday’s edition the acting CEO of Mopami( a Zambian for that matter ) on how Mopami has incresed production from as low as 5000 under Glencoe to 9000 tonnes per month in June and reduced operating costs from US 60million to 35million. When you factor in the current price of copper what picture does that give you? That’s even before a capitalisation credit of 300million is secured to improve production efficiency. To me the so called huge debt burden is achievable and PF has led a foundation to ensure growth of the economy and systematic debt management . Alebwelelapo pamupando.

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  9. So why is ECL seeking re-election if he didn’t perform to Voter’s satisfaction? Why is he seeking a Third Term? To do what? This man is a disaster and shouldn’t be re-elected. He is Corrupt, violent,incompetent and Visionless . Lets try HH and UPND Alliance. ECL and PF should be voted out on August 12 without fail. The writing is on the wall.

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  10. That’s what winning an election looks like. Taking care of all citizens everywhere. And the comments above is what you call Envy and Jealousy. Who hates development. People in the rural areas and communities ain’t asking for skyscrapers, flyover bridges and escalators. They are looking for and to decent schools, mini hospitals, cattle deepers and graded feeder roads.
    Iwe ECL unamenya ufulu. Ndipo unasebenza. Your vote is secured through and through. Meanwhile after all Zambians know that it’s PF100%, ECL100%, Zambia overdrive100%, Bumper harvest 100%, Elite Zambians100%, Peace100%, Empowerment100%, More money in your pockets with hard work 100% and Prosperity100%.

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  11. That’s what winning an election looks like. Taking care of all citizens everywhere. And the comments above is what you call Envy and Jealousy. Who hates development. People in the rural areas and communities ain’t asking for skyscrapers, flyover bridges and escalators. They are looking for and to decent schools, mini hospitals, cattle deepers and graded feeder roads.
    ECL are developing this thing. Good job. Your vote is secured through and through. Meanwhile after all Zambians know that it’s PF100%, ECL100%, Zambia overdrive100%, Bumper harvest 100%, Elite Zambians100%, Peace100%, Empowerment100%, More money in your pockets with hard work 100% and Prosperity100%.

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  12. That’s what winning an election looks like. Taking care of all citizens everywhere. And the comments above is what you call En.vy and Jeal.ousy. Who hates development. People in the rural areas and communities ain’t asking for skyscrapers, flyover bridges and escalators. They are looking for and to decent schools, mini hospitals, cattle deepers and graded feeder roads.
    ECL are developing this thing. Good job. Your vote is secured through and through. Meanwhile after all Zambians know that it’s PF100%, ECL100%, Zambia overdrive100%, Bumper harvest 100%, Elite Zambians100%, Peace100%, Empowerment100%, More money in your pockets with hard work 100% and Prosperity100%.

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  13. That’s what winning an election looks like. Taking care of all citizens everywhere. And the comments above is what you call En.vy and Jeal.ousy. Who hat.es development? People in the rural areas and communities ain’t asking for skyscrapers, flyover bridges and escalators. They are looking for and to decent schools, mini hospitals, cattle deepers and graded feeder roads.
    ECL are developing this thing. Good job. Your vote is secured through and through. Meanwhile after all Zambians know that it’s PF100%, ECL100%, Zambia overdrive100%, Bumper harvest 100%, Elite Zambians100%, Peace100%, Empowerment100%, More money in your pockets with hard work 100% and Prosperity100%.

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  14. I never hear this horrible thieving president saying anything on the destruction of the economy, the halving of the value of the Kwacha, the rampant CORRUPTION, the totally failing of the Covid-19 fight (less than 1% of the population has been vaccinated), tripling of food prices, why teachers have not been paid for four months, the shooting and killing of two innocent citizens some months ago. I can go on. PF: Lying about everything, not delivering anything!

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  15. “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price”.-RONALD REAGAN

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  16. Seeking praise for building expensive (5 X normal cost), low quality hospitals, schools, roads and clinics. They are just an industrial scale way of stealing.
    Now out of his continued greed, his heartlessly spreading covid-19 around the country.
    God help us!

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  17. Its good that ECL visited chiefs not their subjects in Zambezi District and talked of massive development. This once Mighty PF govt has been telling lie to people of Zambezi District of constructing a bridge across the Zambezi river since the last bye election when Dr. Guy Scott was Veep. People keep your eyes open. The PF govt has built bridges where there are no rivers in Lusaka and if only one bridge was diverted to Zambezi District it could have made a difference. The President should not remind chiefs that they are part of the governance system this time around but this was so even during British colonial rule. God help us.

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  18. “we build for future generations” future generations are going to remember you as the worst president ever.

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  19. Building hospitals, schools etc. is a normal govt. duty. People pay taxes after all. That’s not an achievement. Some of the structures he alludes to have either been incomplete for years, or have nothing much in them in terms of equipment or resources. The real measure is whether you have facilitated the improvement and significant quality of life for the many. How you have spent resources meant for services. Here you are, as usual, as in so many other years, campaigning by giving chiefs the same old promises of material and other ‘support’, in exchange for them ‘influencing’ their subjects to vote for you. By the way, what happened to the time when chiefs survived through the tribute they received from their subjects?

  20. If infrastructure development is just a ‘normal’ government undertaking, what exactly is HH seeking the presidency for? To come and do normal things? Will HH be using personal funds and not taxes to run the economy?

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  21. Was is it your pocket money you used to build all these things? Or it was borrowed money that was supposed to be government controlled but instead ended up in the hands of PF cadres? Lets compare what you build and what KK,Chiluba, Mwanawasa build and then lets see what cash balance was left in Government coffers,for each president. Even Chiluba we thought was worse, had definitely some cash to spare within GRZ budget, and in 1years he built more than you,trust me, And KK, the roads and Hospitals you claim to be rebuilding now, were built by him. Mwanawasa was the cleanest of them all. Smart, productive, build many things and at the end of the whole story, took Zambia out of the debt trap, and went further to leave big some of money in the GRZ coffers, with a very clean cabinet.

  22. And you, ka meno meno, You came and undid every single achievement Mwanawasa made, Used all his money, and you went further to borrow extensively. There is no building as everything that you build, is on borrowed. So what exactly did you with the money you found in GRZ coffers? Where is all that money? Cos that money alone,would built everything you claim to build now without any extra debts – Magande worked his ass off to save into those coffers,such that he even halted certain projects,jst for the sake of saving. I hope God would ve shown him that he savings were all in vain -there is a looter coming. Trust me, if they knew you would loot like this, you wouldnt have been alive by today. The pain the Mwanawasa GRZ went thru to manage & eraze debt,was a bitter one. They wouldnt ve allowed…

  23. Very deceitful. There’s supposed to be no campaigns as ordered by ECZ but there goes Chagwa meeting chiefs using government resources with a campaign team that is not government but PF in government vehicles. And the hapless opposition can only watch! Take Chagwa to court! Get an indictment!

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