Don’t be cheated by opposition – Lungu

President Edgar Lungu says the Patriotic Front (PF) government’s resolve is towards ensuring that Zambia is developed into a food basket of the Southern African region by supporting the agricultural sector in the country through timely service delivery.

Addressing a rally in Rufunsa district of Lusaka Province yesterday, President Lungu said Zambia was a blessed nation and that Government’s commitment to the agriculture sector was evidenced through indications that Zambia was the only food-secure nation in the region despite recording a poor rainfall pattern.

He said Government will ensure that farm inputs were distributed to farmers on time and that Government through the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) would commence the purchase of maize from farmers next month.

And President Lungu told the party supporters who gathered at the rally that they should not be deceived by the opposition that Government intended to grab 2, 000 hectares of land space in the district and later on displace those occupying it.

He said contrary to the claims, the land was given to Government by Chieftainess Mpanshya of the Soli speaking people where the civic centre would be constructed with housing units in an effort to develop the district.

He said Government would allow the people to continue occupying the land until the affected residents were compensated.  President Lungu said the land was only meant to be used for development projects in the district.

He reiterated the need for party members to desist from engaging in political violence as that was not the party’s identity.

President Lungu said people should ensure that they conducted themselves in a peaceful manner during and after the election as not doing so would lead to others shun supporting the party.

Meanwhile, Rufunsa constituency PF candidate Kenneth Chipungu said the seat should be delivered to the ruling party.

Mr. Chipungu said he would ensure that he continued with the ongoing developmental projects in the constituency.

He said Government was expected to commission the 23 kv Mpanshya sub-station being constructed at a total cost of US $ 63 million in Rufunsa district of Lusaka Province.

This came to light when President Edgar Lungu conducted a tour of developmental projects in the district yesterday where he expressed satisfaction at the progress made.

ZESCO transmission South senior manager Julius Kampamba told the President that the district was expected to be connected to the national grid at the completion of the Exim Bank of India funded project and that power would be supplied to Rufunsa and parts of Luangwa district.

Mr. Kampamba says six staff housing units would also be constructed with a customer care office set up to cater for the district.

President Lungu also toured the construction site for the Post Office in Rufunsa district and the construction of 6 police housing units before paying a courtesy call on Chieftainess Mpanshya of the Soli speaking people.

And President Lungu’s special assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda told journalists after a closed door meeting with the traditional leader that Government would ensure that all ongoing projects in the district were completed.

Mr. Chanda said President Lungu also told the traditional leader that Government was in the process of setting up a solar milling plant in the district and also to improve the access to proper water supply for her subjects.