Lungu assures farmers

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has assured farmers in Luapula Province of his Government’s continued support in the selling and buying of maize grain.

And President Lungu said he would next week sit down with the Ministry of Home Affairs to come up with a plan on how to stop maize being smuggled into Congo DR.

President Lungu said this last evening when he concluded his second rally of the day in Chembe district of Luapula province.

And President Edgar Lungu yesterday told Milenge and Chembe residents to vote for Patriotic Front (PF) candidates Mwansa Mbulakulima and Sebastian Kopalande respectively for continued development in their districts.

And the Head of State yesterday commissioned phase two of the K12 million Milenge District Hospital.

Speaking when he addressed two public rallies in Milenge and Chembe districts to drum up support for Mr Mbulakulima and Mr Kopalande, President Lungu said he wanted to continue taking development to Milenge and Chembe districts.

“President Michael Sata wanted equal development for everyone not only those in towns. We shall bring roads and electricity,” the Head of State said.

President Lungu said his Government was currently pointing at what it had so far worked on and promised to continue if the residents voted for Mr Mbulakulima and Mr Kopalande.

He said the opposition was lying that they would fix things because their leader had never worked in Gzovernment before.

“Please give me Mbulakulima and all the councillors for continued development.

“Don’t go and look for somebody else because you already know Mr Mbulakulima and Davis Chanda your council chairman,” said President Lungu.

“My mother used to sell in Chimwemwe market, so I know the suffering of the people because of my background,” he said.

Meanwhile, speaking upon arrival at Mansa airport, President Lungu said Luapula stood out to be the most peaceful province among all other provinces.

He encouraged the residents to continue being peace-loving citizens.

The Zambia Air Force flight AVIC MH60 carrying President Lungu touched down at Mansa Airport at 12:35 hours and he proceeded to drum up support for Mr Mbulakulima and Mr Kopalande. And Milenge District Commissioner James Nyenjele said the major challenge which the district was faced with was the poor state of the roads.

Mr Nyenjele told President Lungu that the district also lacked electricity ever since it was created. The commissioner complained that most of the medical staff and some civil servants were leaving in Mansa town because of the electricity crisis.

Mr Nyenjele said people in Milenge district were failing to travel to the Copperbelt as they had to pass through Congo DR because it was the only accessible road. Responding to his concerns, President Lungu said he would look into the problems which the district was facing with the help of Mr Mbulakulima.

“Now that I am here and I have seen for myself some of the challenges that you are going through. Hon Mbulakulima was once an MP, we shall work together to bring development here,” he said.

“Give us our MPs, councillors and council chairperson so that we can work together,” he said.

And Minister of Home Affairs Davis Mwila said  his ministry had built the first ever police post in Milenge district at a total cost of K4 million.

And First Lady Esther Lungu promised both the Milenge and Chembe women of her continued women empowerment programme. Mrs Lungu said women were the ones that were going through a lot of challenges in homes, hence the need for empowerment to care for their families.