Province Minister Richard Mwapela has said Patriotic
Front (PF) leader Michael Sata is stuck for campaign
messages for the province because most of the projects he is claiming he intends
to undertake are already being done by President Rupiah Banda’s
Mwapela said in Mongu yesterday that most of the projects Mr Sata had been
claiming in Western Province during a live Oblate Liseli Catholic Radio Station
had already been done.
“When Mr Sata featured on Oblate Liseli Radio and
during his rallies, he has been claiming that he will work on Lukulu-Katunda
Road, Lukulu-Watopa Road into North-Western Province Senanga-Sesheke Road,
Kalabo-Sikongo Road and that he would build a bridge across Zambezi River to
“When you look at our provincial reports on development, all
roads he is talking about are already being worked on by the Government.
Senanga-Sesheke Road, the contractor is on site and works have already begun,”
Mr Mwapela said.
He said President Banda’s Government has spent more than
K2.2 trillion on developmental projects such as schools, roads infrastructure,
healthy centres and other infrastructure in the province which the people highly
During his campaign trails in the province and live radio
programmes, Mr Sata had been claiming he would repair roads which had already
“It is very difficult for anyone including Mr Sata to cheat
the people here because they are seeing development, schools, roads and
infrastructure the Government is carrying out,” Mr Mwapela said.
check by Times yesterday revealed that works were going on on the
Senanga-Sesheke Road where a bridge was supposed to be constructed across the
Zambezi to connect two districts.
And Senanga District Commissioner (DC)
Kwalombota Mwanei said the tarring of Mongu-Sesheke would commence
Speaking in an interview at the site, Mr Mwanei said the road was
significant to open Western province with other countries in the Southern
African Development Community (SADC) region.
“You can see for yourself
that the contractor on site and this was just a virgin land a lot of work has
already been done.
Soon the contractor will start tarring the road
between Senanga-Lui river.“This road has lot of economic importance because once
completed, it will open up the province and people will be able to move well in
the SADC region,” he said.
The DC said the Government was building
several schools and other health infrastructure facilities in the district and
people were impressed with President Banda.
In the agriculture sector, Mr
Mwanei said people in the district had been able to sell several bags of maize
to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) during the marketing season.
people in the Western Province have expressed happiness with the increased
levels of development in the area with former permanent secretary in the
province Ikanuke Nooyo commending President Rupiah Banda for committing and
disbursing more than K2.2 trillion in development projects in just more than two
years he has been president.
Western Province Permanent Secretary Seth
Muleya has said the Government had so far spent K2,256,878,919,675 on various
developmental projects in the province spread in all the seven districts of the
Mr Nooyo said in Mongu yesterday that the province was witnessing
increased development in the last two years of President Banda. “The development
projects we are talking about are things that the people are
Government is building schools, hospitals roads and other
infrastructure in all the districts and constituencies in the
“It is only in Western Province that Government has committed
K1.3 trillion to work on the Kalabo–Mongu Road which will be of great economic
value not only to the province but to the country as a whole as it will open the
country to other markets into Angola,” he said.
He said for a long time
the Mongu–Kalabo Road had been outstanding and that it had to take President
Banda’s Government to source for resources to build the road.
said the schools that Government was building and upgrading in all the areas
would help improve the literacy levels and enhance economic
“Because of the infrastructure that is being constructed,
the province is being opened up to economic activity and employment
opportunities are being created for our children.
It is only prudent that
as a people of this province, we support and vote for President Banda so that we
give him another mandate,” he said.
He said President Banda had proved
that he had a heart for the people of Western Province as demonstrated by the
increased levels of development by his Government.
secretary Fine Likando said the people of the province were happy about the
developments that President Banda had undertaken in the province.
Nyambe Siyoto of Simbondwe Village in Chief Kaongolo’s area in Kalabo said the
people were now beginning to benefit from the Government.
Mr Siyoto, who
was in Mongu to purchase building materials, said in an interview that he was
happy that Government had committed and commissioned the construction of the
Mongu Kalabo Road.
“For us, we can’t wait for the completion of the
Mongu-Kalabo Road, that is probably the biggest gift that President Banda would
have given to us the people of Kalabo,” he said.
He said he was also
happy that Government was constructing schools and hospitals in his
Mr Lisimba Lisimba also commended Government for the development
though he said that there was need for more to alleviate poverty. Meanwhile, Mr
Muleya said Government had disbursed more than K2.2 trillion for development
projects in the province.
He said Government had spent
K1,340,998,909,761, for Kalabo, K34,778,817,214 in Kaoma, K34,928,151,034 in
Lukulu and K37,454,374,031 in Mongu.
“We have spent K724,129,200,046 in
Senanga, K48,246,488,187 in Sesheke and K33,383,362,090 in Shang’ombo
districts,” he said.