Give me fresh term – Lungu

PRESIDENT Lungu meets contractors during his tour of development projects in Chinsali, Muchinga Province, yesterday. In the background is the provincial headquarters under construction. PICTURE: EDDIE MWANALEZA/STATE HOUSE.

NANCY SIAME, Shiwang’andu
PRESIDENT Lungu has called on Zambians to give him a fresh five-year mandate to start new projects and to complete those that were started by late President Michael Sata.
Mr Lungu said his job has been simple during his one year in office because he has just been implementing what Mr Sata left.
He said this here yesterday when he addressed scores of people who gathered to witness the official opening of the Shiwang’andu district administration office block.
“All these projects were initiated by the late President and I am just fulfilling his vision, mine will start this year up to 2021,” Mr Lungu said.
Shortly after assuming office in 2011, the Patriotic Front (PF) embarked on an ambitious infrastructure development programme, which includes the Link Zambia 8000 road project, L400 road project, C400 road programme and construction of primary and secondary schools and universities.
Others are construction of hospitals and 650 health posts, bridges, among others, across the country.
The President said he would deliver development to all parts of the country, including regions that did not vote for him in last year’s elections.
President Lungu said he means well for the country and his leadership is of national character.
Mr Lungu warned the gathering to be careful with opposition leaders who will be seeking votes during elections but abandon them after they achieve what they want.
“Some will come claiming that they are rich but whom have they helped with those riches? Ask them when they come,” he told them.
He also urged the people to propose names of humble and easy-to-approach persons who could represent the party in the coming general elections.
Mr Lungu said power is in their hands and they have the right to choose whom they want to represent them as well as hold them accountable.
“Let’s shame the opposition and work together as one,” he said.
The head of State also urged the people to engage in agriculture as Muchinga has recorded good rains this season.
He promised that Government would carry out projects like that commissioned in Shiwang’andu.
PF deputy secretary-general Mumbi Phiri said the party would  retire United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema from politics in this year’s elections.
The head of State earlier toured 20 Government houses currently under construction.
Mr Lungu is accompanied by his special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda, members of the central committee Samuel Mukupa and Frank Bwalya, Muchinga Province minister Mwimba Malama and Minister of Local Government and Housing Stephen Kampyongo, who is also Shiwang’andu member of Parliament (MP).
Others are State House deputy minister Mulenga Sata, business executive Austin Chewe and other senior Government and PF officials.

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