STEVEN MVULA, Mumbwa
ACTING district commissioner of Mumbwa Charles Hampende says people in the area are happy and enjoying the leadership of President Lungu.
Mr Hampende said civil servants and people generally are happy at the manner President Lungu is governing the nation.
He was speaking in an interview yesterday.
â€œThe policies we are implementing here are according to the PF manifesto. People are happy with the humility and good governance of President Lungu,â€ he said.
Mr Hampende said going by what is on the ground, the PF will win more seats in the 2016 general election both at parliamentary and local government levels.
â€œWe are civil servants and we do not engage in politics but some things are unavoidable. The PF has gained ground here and it appears people are in love with [President] Edgar Lungu. I see this every day. In fact, the opposition is making him more popular,â€ Mr Hampende said.
He said people in the area want to associate with the ruling party but that some party functionaries are sending them away.
â€œI wish to appeal to the PF leadership to embrace people from the opposition. MMD members want to join the PF but it appears they are not being embraced. Please, people are in love with Edgar Lungu,â€ he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Hampende said there is need to urgently convene a meeting to find a lasting solution to the issue of people settling in game management areas.
Mr Hampende said some people in the area have encroached on land in game parks such as the Kafue National Park thereby endangering their lives and animals.
â€œThe illegal settlers are a big problem. As Government, we cannot take services such as education, health and others because these people are an illegality. Actually, the highest cases of malaria are found in these same areas,â€ he said.
Mr Hampende said the encroachment in game reserves has also had a negative impact on tourism as the illegal settlers are ever poaching and chasing animals.
â€œAs Government, we feel toothless. These illegal settlers have gone to court and we are awaiting the third ruling,â€ Mr Hampende said.
STEVEN MVULA, Mumbwa