Former Chipata Central Member of Parliament, Lameck Mangani has advised people in Eastern Province to embrace the change of government following the last August 12 elections.
Speaking during the Political Hour radio program on Breeze FM over the weekend, Mr Mangani urged Easterners not to continue mourning the PF loss but support the current administration led by President Hakainde Hichilema as they were given the mandate by the people of Zambia.
He said the province risks losing out on development opportunities if they mourn the PF loss for too long.
He said after the 1991 elections, the Eastern province lagged behind in terms of development because people could not move on after the then-ruling United Nations Independence Party (UNIP) lost to the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD).
“After the 1991 elections, Eastern lagged behind in terms of development as we mourned the loss of UNIP for too long. There is no need to be antagonistic but find a good formula of engaging the government if we were to witness development in our region. Most of our road infrastructure is in a bad state”, he said.
Mr Mangani, who was also a former Home Affairs Minister, said people from the region should find an amicable formula of engaging the government if they are to witness development rather than being antagonistic as there is no need to cry over spilt milk.
Meanwhile, a caller, Allan Lungu, said the lack of coordination among the elected leaders in Chipata Central constituency is retarding development in the area.
Mr Lungu said it was sad to note that certain Councillors do not want certain things to move just because they belong to the opposition political party, which should not be the case as time for politicking ended on August 12th last year.
‘’That shouldn’t be the case as time for politicking ended on August 12 hence the need for our leaders to work as a team and not in isolation regardless of political affiliation,’’ he said