It’s Govt duty to open up rural areas – Daka


GOVERNMENT is doing everything possible to ensure all Zambians benefit from the country’s resources, especially in the rural areas which were the centre of food production, says Msanzala Member of Parliament Peter Daka. Mr Daka assured the electorates in his constituency that works on the feeder road that joins Petauke to Serenje in Central Province would soon be worked on as it would open business potential between the two provinces. He said there was need to access the remotest parts of the country, adding that feeder roads opened up an area to development. Mr Daka said the Government’s duty was to see that rural parts of the country benefited in its quest to improve the livelihood of rural dwellers through agricultural development. “The PF Government has put in place programmes to work on the road network and as the representatives of the people, we have a mandate to take development to the people as we stand between Government and the people,” he said. Mr Daka said this during a familiarization tour of some parts of Msanzala constituency after  his re-election to check on some of the projects that should be treated as a priority. He said people living in rural areas could only be appreciated for their hard work by giving them good roads and access to health and education, among other things. “This Petauke-Mwape road had not been passable because of non-maintenance and this is the road that goes up from Petauke to Serenje district in Central Province and once it is done it will enhance the livelihood of the people as they will be able to move quickly to do their business, rather than passing through Lusaka,” he said. Mr Daka noted that the poor state of feeder roads in rural areas had made accessibility to the remotest parts of the country impossible, saying the situation will not be the same because the PF government was determined to ensure that all the people benefited. “The untarred condition of these roads means they are not all-weather roads and so their usage can depend on the prevailing conditions at a given time, and during the rainy season travel to other parts of the country is hindered by the bad state of the road,” he said. Mr Daka said people in rural areas were entitled to benefit from the programmes that Government had put in place, adding that it was for that reason that President Lungu had taken agriculture as a priority to ensure that the majority of the people benefited. He said the electorate had the right to know what Government was doing to improve their welfare and as the people’s representative he was expected to explain those programmes and policies to make the people understand what Government was doing for them.