By CHARLES MUSONDA
VICE-PRESIDENT Guy Scott on Friday afternoon wound up his two-day campaign trail for Patriotic Front candidate in the August 19 Mangango parliamentary by-election Lyambai Lingweshi with a record six public rallies in a day.
Dr Scott addressed rallies at Namimbwe, Samukenya, Winda, Luambwa, Kapili, and Shabo; and interacted with the sparsely located communities on problems affecting them in this vast constituency.
The villagers cited water blues, poor road network, inadequate health and education facilities, pitiable palaces, and lack of mobile phone network as the major hitches hitting them most.
At Luambuwa, Chief Lumano of the Nkoya people lamented to the Vice President that he lives in a â€œsee-throughâ€ palace.
â€œMy home is not good and anybody can see where I sleep. We are waiting for our hardworking Government to help us with these problems. Our school (Luambuwa Basic School) only has three teachers against 245 pupils.
â€œAs sub-chiefs, we are suffering in terms of transport. We do not have bicycles and our ox-carts have broken down. So it takes us one month to reach our administration in Mangango on foot. Otherwise, if Government leaders do not address these problems, they will not find us here (at the school grounds) when they come next time,â€ Chief Lumano said.
In response, Dr Scott said almost all rural constituencies in Zambia had similar challenges before the 2011 tripartite elections and major infrastructure like schools, clinics, roads and water supply facilities had been run down under the MMDâ€™s 20 year rule.
â€œThat is why the MMD was chased back into opposition in 2011 and the chief is right by saying that if you donâ€™t perform in politics you get chased. For the two years that we have been in power, we have been catching up with what was lagging behind,â€ Dr Scott said.
He said the PF government has already started addressing most of the problems and is erecting 300 communication masts in remote rural areas, building health posts, schools, and roads, adding that the government needs to find solutions to more difficult problems that need colossal sums of money to overcome.
â€œWe need money to bring back Zambia to the high standards it had some 40 years ago. We donâ€™t want to be campaigning on promises. I donâ€™t want to come back here and hear people say that we have failed to perform.Â We want the countryside to become better and there is no point for you to switch to the opposition because they donâ€™t have a track record of development,â€ he said.
By CHARLES MUSONDA