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Poor management irks Lungu

PRESIDENT Lungu at Chishinga Ranch in Kawambwa yesterday. PICTURE: EDDIE MWANALEZA/ STATE HOUSE

STEVEN MVULA, Kawambwa
PRESIDENT Lungu has warned that he will crack the whip if there is no marked improvement in the operations of Chishinga Ranch in Kawambwa.
The President has directed that he wants to see change within six months in the manner in which Chishinga Ranch is being run.
Mr Lungu is disappointed with the manner in which the facility  is being run.
“I may have to crack the whip. This situation cannot be allowed. Luapula is animal disease-free yet there is nothing happening here.  Saudi Arabia wants a million goats but you are running down this facility,” President Lungu said.
Speaking shortly after touring the ranch, President Lungu queried Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela and Luapula Province minister Nixon Chilangwa why Chishinga Ranch is seemingly run down with only 80 goats and 175 head of cattle.
President Lungu directed the two ministers to table the issue before Cabinet.
The President also said it is important that decisions are made at local level than waiting for Mulungushi House (Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock).
“We talk about decentralisation but we fail to implement. Why should we wait for Lusaka to make decisions,” President Lungu asked.
The President said this after Mr Chitotela, who is Pambashe member of Parliament (MP) where Chishinga Ranch is located, said most decisions concerning the facility are made at Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock headquarters.
President Lungu said there is so much disconnection between people on the ground and those at the ministry.
Chishinga Cattle Ranch is a Government facility that sits on a 44,000 hectare piece of land from the original 100,000 hectares.
The President is in Luapula on a three-day working visit.
And President Lungu says there can be no meaningful development without unity.
The President said he is interested in good politics so that development can be enhanced.
“Remember I am both the President of the republic of Zambia as well as president of the Patriotic Front [the governing political party].
So I am interested in both politics and development because these two go hand in hand,” President Lungu said.
He was speaking shortly after arriving at Mansa Airport yesterday when he addressed scores of residents and PF officials who turned up to welcome him.
The President is accompanied by Minister of Energy David Mabumba, Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela and their General Education counterpart Dennis Wanchinga.
The President urged PF members to unite and work together for the common good of the people.
“I am in Luapula for three days. Before I go back to Lusaka, I will ensure that all the squabbles are sorted out.
“Elections are now over and we pardoned all those that made mistakes during the adoption time,” President Lungu said.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has described Luapula Province as the home of PF.
He said Luapula is the stronghold of the PF and it is where the ruling party lives.
“I have come home. This is where PF lives and so I can come and play here,” he said.

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