Lungu wants rural development

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says the Patriotic Front (PF) believes in rural development as a tool of rural empowerment and the engine for national economic development.

Meanwhile, President Lungu has announced that Mpika district will be demarcated into 3 districts in order to facilitate social service delivery to the people in the area.

And president Lungu is alarmed at high levels of early marriages and early pregnancies in the rural community in Muchinga Province.

Addressing a public rally at Muwele School Grounds in Kanchibiya constituency in Mpika district yesterday, President Lungu said the PF agenda on rural transformation was anchored on opening up rural areas for development through construction of roads, schools and hospitals.

“Your government is going to work on the roads here in Mpika and even schools shall be built as well as the hospital,” President Lungu told the jubilant crowed that had gathered to welcome and listen to his messages.

The Head of State appealed to the citizens to understand that developmental projects could not be implemented at the same time across the country which was vast due to limited resources.

Meanwhile President Lungu has announced that Mpika district will be demarcated into 3 districts to facilitate easy delivery of social service to the people.

He said Mpika district alone was bigger than Copperbelt Province and that it was difficult to effectively implement developmental programmes in the area.

He said government would soon engage technocrats in consultation with traditional leaders on boundaries and central location of district centers as well as how best Mpika could be demarcated without creating land and boundary conflicts among the traditional leadership.

“Mpika district is bigger than Copperbelt Province and this is hampering adequate service delivery to the local people. Soon we will demarcate the district into three districts and the move is aimed at decentralizing service and brings service closer to you our people,” President Lungu said.

He said government would facilitate the installation of network towers to ensure the local people can access quality communication.

And the president said he is concerned with high levels of early marriages amongst the rural community.

He encouraged the people in the district to vote for PF whose agenda the Head of State said was develop the country.

And Muchinga province Patriotic Front chairperson Mwansa Kapeya assured President Lungu that the province will deliver a 100 percent vote.