Thursday, May 30, 2024

We have fulfilled most of the promises we made to the Zambian People-UPND


Copperbelt Province Minister Elisha Matambo has said the UPND Government has fulfilled most of the promises it made to the people of Zambia prior to coming into power in 2021.

Speaking in Ndola on Tuesday , Mr Matambo cited the recruitment of teachers and doctors as well as the introduction of free education as some of the achievements made by the UPND Government in nearly two years.

Mr. Matambo said there are several projects across the province and beyond being implemented using the expanded Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

He said the New Dawn Government is also keen and determined to finish the delayed multimillion Kafulafulatu Water project that is expected to service Ndola, Luanshya, Masaiti and Mpongwe Districts.

Mr. Matambo said President Hakainde Hichilema and his Government has been pragmatic.

“His Excellency President Hakainde Hichilema has walked his talk. We have tried to follow his vision by creating an enabling environment on the Copperbelt so that investors are free to invest in our province without having sleepless nights that their money is unsafe. We are trying to maintain law and order, there is no cadrelism which we used to have. Copperbelt sometimes was referred to as Beirut (war zone) because of the violence which used to be here. This time around we have tried to maintain law and order so I think those who will come and invest in the Copperbelt they will be doing the right thing, they will reap what they will sow in terms of their investment. In terms of power (electricity) I am sure the people are happy with what his Excellency President Hakainde Hichilema and the team has done in terms of ending load shedding,” Mr. Matambo said.

He added that the Government has found money through Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit to fix sewer lines in Kitwe’s Kwacha Constituency and in Kabushi Constituency of Ndola District.

Mr. Matambo earlier officiated at a ground-breaking ceremony of over K3 million road rehabilitation project in Luanshya District.

The poor state of many roads and bridges in Luanshya has been a thorn issue for many years.

“The road rehabilitation works is jointly financed by Luanshya Council and Luanshya Copper Mine and expected to create 50 direct and 100 indirect jobs.The road rehabilitation works will be done using pavers therefrom transferring skills to the youths.We were also happy to commission Roan Bridge across Luanshya stream funded by Road Development Agency (RDA) and Luanshya Council using locally generated income at a total cost of K2.6 million.We appealed to Luanshya residents to look after the infrastructure jealously.It was also remarkable to handover Newtown Police Post built by Luanshya Council using Ward Development Fund (WDF) amounting to over K400,000,” he said.

“We urged all stakeholders to support the police by ensuring that our men and women in uniforms receives necessary support.Other projects that we were privileged to commission are procurement of brand new garbage compactor at cost of K1.6 million and installation of 40 refuse bins done in conjunction with Luanshya Council and Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ) aimed at keeping Luanshya clean and green,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Matambo has warned Head-Teachers against misusing school grants meant to facilitate the provision of free education.

Mr. Matambo said he has received information indicating that some head teachers in the province are using school grants for personal activities.

He said some school head-teachers have spent the grants on workshops and other unnecessary things.

“In some schools money has not been used according to the intended purposes. Some schools have spent money on workshops, traveling and other unnecessary things. I want to appeal to all the Head-Teachers on the Copperbelt Province, use that money according to the guidelines given. We don’t want to end up with situations where schools won’t have chalk because grants have been channeled to unnecessary things,” Mr. Matambo said.


  1. Matambo says everybody is happy with His Excellence the president. How many times have we heard from political lackeys since the Unip days…Kamalondo, Tetamashimba and others.
    Don’t boast about the Napsa partial withdraws. The money being paid belongs to the receivers and were going to get it eventually. The recipient wouldn’t have saved this money had the previous government(MMD) not created the scheme.

    • This one is a fossil . HH has stagnated small scale businesses, by exporting electricity leading to more loading shedding. This has left a lot Small Scale Businesses trading less hours per day and losing money. Yet, he expects these traders to feed their families when commodity prices are going up every day. How do you tell the youth to form cooperatives and become self-reliance, when whatever joint /entity they create will be faced with load shedding obstacles.

    • Mathematically UPND has created a bigger black-hole in national confers and they don’t seem to stop. . HH is right – asking his technocrats to sell the 4X4 cars the government just purchased without due diligence.

      A business or person that has $100 in the savings account and owes no one money is more richer and credit-worth, than the one which has borrowed $10,000 to spend on consumables.

  2. Living in his dreams this blind praise singer. Wait and see what happens at the next elections. That nfwiti you used in 2021will not save you from losses. Fuseke

  3. You are lying Sir! You president promised to reduce the price of mealie meal…today its K200-k250.
    Before August 2021- We were buying sugar at K38/kg….today its K50/2kg.
    Bread is now almost K20/loaf
    Fuel with ba Lungu was K17/litre…Yours is K28/litre.
    Bus fares have shot up.
    Kawcha/Dollar rate is still going up….you promised K10/dollar.
    There are no jobs on the copperbelt- Amalofwa fulu fulu.
    No drugs in the hospitals!

    • Observer the UPND needs people like you at their self praising seminars. Critics who have reference points for every issue they raise

  4. Are these people mad? Check how much is fuel, mealie meal, bus fares sugar. NAPSA is what have been saving from MMD, PF etc and free education is mess. No fertilizer, electricity has gone up. ichelema did not keep track of what he was promising us but we did.

  5. Only your fellow praise singers will agree with you. The free education you boast about is shambles, overcrowding and lack of infrastructure facilities is affecting the quality of education in the long run. Many sectors like agriculture and Health are shumbles too.

  6. You have added 41,000 new civil servants to the payroll when you were already struggling to pay salaries on time. Where is that money going to come from? You were warned about free education due to lack of adequate infrastructure and examples of where it hasn’t worked, including neighbouring countries, were given to you but you never listened. Now look at the mess you have caused. I won’t even repeat what @observer has said…

  7. If anyone was looking for a Bowman Lusambo equivalent in the UPND, you have found him. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next appointment is to be minister for Lusaka province.

  8. Stop dreaming. Start working. The cities are full of garbage. And full of potholed roads. The cities are full of unemployed people. Zambia has no Police because those paid by our tax go to work to hunt for money. The civil service doesnt function and some workers dont turn up for work but still get paid.

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