NANCY SIAME, Mongu
ACTING President Guy Scott is impressed with the progress that has been made on the 35-kilometre Mongu-Kalabo road which he says will improve the socio-economic status of the residents.
Speaking during an inspection tour yesterday, Dr Scott said the road built across the Barotse flood plains will open up business links between Zambia and Angola.
He said the road is a marvel that has cost Government a lot of money but it is worth it.
â€œIt looks pretty good to my ordinary eyes.Â This road will change the social and economic lifestyle of the people around here,â€ Dr Scott said.
He said previous attempts to construct a road on the plains have failed with the current being the fourth attempt.
â€œIt is an expensive undertaking but it is worth every penny,â€ the acting President said.
Dr Scott said the US$286 million road project will be completed before the end of this year.
He said the road project has survived three floods and is still standing strong as the pillars are 54 metres deep
Dr Scott and his entourage earlier toured Lewanika General Hospital and the relativesâ€™ shelter being constructed with funds raised by ministersâ€™ spouses.
Meanwhile, the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has commended Dr Scott for ensuring that peace is maintained during the transition from the death of President Sata to the election of the next head of State.
Induna Inete said every individual has the right to enjoy peace regardless of where they come from and their position in society.
He said this yesterday when Dr Scott paid a courtesy call at the Limulunga palace.
Induna Inete also called on political parties to campaign peacefully.
â€œDo not relent as far as peace is concerned because it must not be taken for granted and it will be your legacy,â€ Induna Inete said.
He commended Dr Scott for visiting Limulunga before proceeding with his business in Mongu and urged other leaders to emulate him.
â€œThis is a sign that we have a serious relationship between us,â€ Induna Inete said.
Dr Scott reiterated his commitment to ensure that peace is maintained during this transition period.
He said he also wants to ensure that the election is held in a free and fair environment and assured that the PF is committed to developing Western Province.
â€œI am available to listen to the demands so that I can deliver the message to the next president,â€ Dr Scott said.
He later held a closed-door meeting with the Litunga for close to two hours.
Earlier Dr Scott, who addressed PF members and other Mongu residents upon his arrival at the airport, jokingly said; â€œThere will no longer be a white president after two weeks.â€
Dr Scott said Zambia is a special country which has continued to enjoy peace despite having different opinions.
He is in the province to tour development projects.
Dr Scott is accompanied by his wife Charlotte, Minister of Local Government and Housing Emmanuel Chenda and PF secretary general Davis Chama.
He was received at the airport by Western Province permanent secretary Augustine Seyuba and Mongu Central member of Parliament (MP) Nathaniel Mubukwanu.
Dr Scott is today expected in Solwezi to check on the various development projects Government is implementing in the area.
A statement from Dr Scottâ€™s senior private secretary Robert Kamalata says the acting President will inspect the North-Western grid connection project in Mwinilunga, the fuel depot and the provincial veterinary laboratory under construction in Solwezi.
On Friday, Dr Scott will address a public rally before taking off for Ikelenge for the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a district hospital.
Dr Scott will proceed to Kasempa the same day for another public rally and is on Saturday expected to go to Chavuma to inspect the construction of Chavuma police station and the district hospital.
He will also tour Lumwana mine and inspect the Lumwana District Hospital in Solwezi.
Dr Scott will wind up his tour of the province with a public rally at the Solwezi show grounds.
NANCY SIAME, Mongu