Lubinda, Kambwili trouble-makers-Sata

PRESIDENT Michael Sata has labelled Kabwata MP Given Lubinda and his counterpart for Roan Chishimba Kambwili as trouble-makers.

Speaking during the official opening of the fourth session of the eleventh National Assembly in a speech which he did not complete  reading, President Sata warned Mr Kambwili to avoid being excited with girls.

“Mr Speaker, allow me to welcome Mr Fackson Shamenda and the new president we have read in the newspaper. Mr Kambwili is in the House today,” President Sata said to the amusement of many in the House.

President Sata, who did not stick to his written speech, told Mr Lubinda not go to court yesterday because all the judges were in Parliament.

“Don’t go to court because all the judges are here in this house and if you go there, they will adjourn your cases to next year especially Mr Lubinda who is a trouble-maker,” he said.

President Sata said education and skills development were critical to the goal of achieving accelerated national development.

President Sata said government had completed construction of 41 of the 84 targeted secondary schools representing 49 percent completion rate while the remaining 43 schools were at various stages of construction.

“Mr. Speaker, in my address, to this House last year, I re-affirmed government’s commitment to establishing at least one university in each of the ten provinces.

“Let me state that construction works are on-going at Robert Makasa, Paul Mushindo and Palabana Universities,” Mr Sata said.

He said additional infrastructure was being put in place at Chalimbana, Mukuba and Kwame Nkhrumah Universities.

“To address the critical shortage of student accommodation in institutions of higher learning, government has embarked on a programme to construct 4,160 bed-space student hostels at the University Of Zambia, 3,200 for the Copperbelt University, 1,280 for Mulungushi University and 960 bed spaces at the Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts And Commerce,” he said.

Mr Sata said government had continued to increase availability of health frontline staff, health infrastructure, drugs and other medical supplies as well as equipment.

“Government has been rehabilitating and constructing training institutions.

“To this effect, two new training institutions are under construction in Senanga and Lusaka at Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital. In addition, 27 health training institutions country-wide are under rehabilitation and expansion,” Mr Sata said.  He said when completed, the projects would increase the health institution training capacity by 4,500 students, bringing the total to 10,000.

Mr Sata said the construction of the 650 health posts had started and was expected to be completed by 2016. He further said agriculture remained a key driver of economic growth and poverty reduction.

“Government’s strategic focus in the agriculture sector is to achieve food security, promote crop diversification as well as increase productivity and value addition. Mr. Speaker, the Patriotic Front government is committed to decentralisation as a way of bringing services closer to the people and creating employment”.