HENRY SINYANGWE, Kasama
MINISTER of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili has urged the media to disseminate accurate information on the amended constitution, so that Zambia can have smooth elections on August 11 under the amended laws.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Northern Province Minister, Freedom Sikazwe, here yesterday, Mr Kambwili, who is chief government spokesperson, said Government will equip the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) with the public address systems to ensure that the public is well informed, especially on the 50-percent-plus-one vote threshold for one to be elected as President.
The minister said it is important for people to get correct information so that they can turn up in large numbers during the elections.
â€œWe need people to be sensitised on the constitution. We need the equipment required to run a smooth election, so that there are no confusions, especially that there is the 50-percent-plus-one vote,â€ Mr Kambwili said.
He said people need information for them to make informed decisions because they are bound to make wrong decisions when there is lack of information.
Mr Kambwili also urged Zambians to analyseÂ leaders aspiring for public office and to make informed decisions during the elections.
He said some opposition leaders do not mean well for the country.
â€œImagine someone who pays his workers K300 per month can be aspiring to be president and says he wants to change the conditions of service for the civil servants when he has failed to pay his workers at his farm the minimum wage, which is K700 and he is a president of a political party.
â€œPeople must be able to analyse these leaders that they do not mean well and all they want is to get to State House,â€ Mr Kambwili said.
And Mr Kambwili said Government is committed to constructing more roads to attract investment.
â€œThere is need to build infrastructure to attract investment. As a party, we want to create an enabling environment for people to settle in rural areas. It is taking fewer hours for people to travel from one point to another because of the Link Zambia 8000 road project,â€ he said.
Mr Kambwili also inspected printing machines at the ZANIS provincial office in Kasama that have been lying idle since 2010.
He said immediate measures will be taken to ensure that the machines start operating.
â€œGovernment has spent a lot of money on this equipment and it is just gathering dust, which is not acceptable,â€ Mr Kambwili said.
And Mr Sikazwe said there is need to improve radio and television transmission signals in the province.
â€œThe television and radio signals in most districts in the province are bad. This is an election year and people all over the country need to receive information,â€ Mr Sikazwe said.
HENRY SINYANGWE, Kasama