PF Govt is In­clu­sive - VEEP

Daily Nation Newspaper - - NORTH WESTERN NEWS -

By JACK­SON MAPAPAYI VICE Pres­i­dent Inonge Wina says it is the wish of the Pa­tri­otic Front (PF) gov­ern­ment to be in­clu­sive by shar­ing the na­tional cake equally.

Ms Wina said over the past two years, gov­ern­ment un­der the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu, had been con­strained by the scarcity of re­sources cou­pled with the two elec­tions and the chal­lenge of in­ad­e­quate elec­tric­ity.

She said gov­ern­ment was forced to im­port elec­tric­ity from other coun­tries such as Mozam­bique, a sit­u­a­tion she said had a neg­a­tive ef­fect on the trea­sury.

‘’And as a re­sult, we could not con­tinue with some of the pro­jects. Some of them stalled for two to three years, Ms Wina said.

The vice pres­i­dent was speak­ing when she met tra­di­tional lead­ers in Kabompo yes­ter­day.

She dis­closed gov­ern­ment had now re­solved to chan­nel the re­sources to some pro­jects that have stalled so that out­stand­ing pro­jects could com­pleted be­fore em­bark­ing on new ones.

She said Pres­i­dent Lungu was com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing the prov­ince de­spite peo­ple in the area not sup­port­ing him.

And Ms Wina has ap­pealed to tra­di­tional lead­ers to work closely with gov­ern­ment in bring­ing in­vest­ment in the prov­ince.

She said gov­ern­ment wanted tra­di­tional lead­ers to take a lead­ing role in the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion process.

‘’We can go into agri­cul­ture, food and tim­ber pro­cess­ing, fish farm­ing, cat­tle and goat rear­ing be­cause the mar­ket is read­ily avail­able. So, op­por­tu­ni­ties are there, what we need is ex­change of in­for­ma­tion be­tween the royal high­nesses and the pro­vin­cial ad­min­is­tra­tion, she said.

And speak­ing on be­half of tra­di­tional lead­ers, se­nior chief Kanonge­sha said chiefs were happy with gov­ern­ment for con­nect­ing the prov­ince to the na­tional elec­tric­ity grid.

He said elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of the prov­ince would at­tract in­vest­ment which in turn would re­sult in job cre­ation.

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