STEVEN MVULA,Â Lusaka
GOVERNMENT will not slow down on its development of infrastructure across the country and is humbled by the Catholic Church for acknowledging the effort.
Government has rolled out an ambitious infrastructure development programme in education, health and road sectors to accelerate economic development and improve peopleâ€™s wellbeing.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili said in a statement yesterday that Government is grateful to the Catholics for acknowledging infrastructure development.
â€œThrough the Link-Zambia 8000 programme, the people of Zambia have seen the construction of the Chingola-Kitwe dual carriage way on the Copperbelt, the Mongu-Kalabo highway in Western Province, the upgrading of the Great North Road at Matumbo to Luangwa Bridge in Muchinga Province, the rehabilitation of the Solwezi-Chingola road on the Copperbelt and North-Western provinces, and the rehabilitation of the Bottom Road in Southern Province, among many others,â€ Mr Kambwili said.
He said the country has also seen, under the Pave Zambia 2000 programme, the upgrading of 2,000km urban road network meant to employ 20,000 Zambians, improve mobility in communities, impart skills in road construction and empower small and medium entrepreneurs.
â€œZambians have also witnessed the construction of new public universities, and health posts that will put more school-leavers in school and improve the health of citizens.
â€œTherefore, no amount of politicking by The Post and their cronies will blind citizens from this unprecedented development which the PF government has embarked on,â€ Mr Kambwili said.
He said Government is aware of the many challenges the people are going through, but resolved that the more infrastructural development there is, the more jobs will be created for Zambians to â€˜put money in their pocketsâ€™.
In their meeting with President Lungu last Thursday, the Zambia Episcopal Conference delegation comprising the churchâ€™s 12 most senior clergy, led by Archbishop Ignitius Chama, the Catholics recognised Governmentâ€™s unprecedented development in the road, health and education sectors.
â€œGovernment is, therefore, indebted to the priests for acknowledging this effort against the backdrop of unjustified criticism from the Post Newspapers and their associates,â€ Mr Kambwili said.
STEVEN MVULA,Â Lusaka