|Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II
speaks during the memorial service for Margaret Tembo, Chongwe member of
parliament Sylvia Masebo’s mother, on Tuesday
Senior chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II of the Soli
people has questioned the benefits of voting for the MMD government again after
it has failed to deliver development in her area.
gathering at a memorial service for Chongwe member of parliament Sylvia Masebo's
late mother, chieftainess Nkomeshya also challenged works and supply minister
Gabriel Namulambe who was present to report to President Rupiah Banda the
feelings of the people of Chongwe on this matter.
time, we do vote but what is our benefit? There is nothing! There is nothing! I
represent the people. I am not a politician but I am a traditional leader. I
want to know what our benefits are for voting for the MMD,” chieftainess
“When that day comes for us to go and vote, we are going
to vote. I want to ask, ‘Is my vote and the vote of my people worth it to this
government?’ If I cannot get the benefit from it, why should they vote if they
are not reaping? I am sure even the minister Namulambe as he was coming he saw
the type of schools that we have. Most of them are self-help
Where are the government schools? Chongwe Basic School is a
missionary and Catholic school which was taken over by government, it was not
built by government.”
Chieftainess Nkomeshya said people in her chiefdom
had always wondered whether they were part of the country since they were left
out on development.
“It is my request Honourable minister Namulambe, do
not keep it to yourself. Tell them where you are going. Tell them that this is
what Her Royal Highness has said. I just want to be quoted and quoted correctly.
I am not going to withdraw my statement or say 'No I was misquoted'.
there are people writing, write exactly what I am saying and I will support it,”
chieftainess Nkomeshya said. “It is painful and yet we in Lusaka Province are
the ones that are housing the capital city. We are sitting the administration of
The benefits we are receiving are almost none. Honourable
minister, when coming you travelled on this road and I am sure you have seen
what this road is all about. We have waited too long. We are citizens just like
any other citizen of this country, and I think we also have the right to share
the national cake of this country which other people are
Chieftainess Nkomeshya said the late president Levy Mwanawasa's
administration had made a commitment to tar the roads, but that commitment has
since died with him.
“We question sometimes, 'Where have we gone wrong to
our government? What have we done wrong? Aren’t we part of the citizenship?
Aren’t we like any other citizen of this country? Isn’t it that we are voters?
Haven’t we registered as voters?” chieftainess Nkomeshya asked as the crowd
She bemoaned the poor road infrastructure in Chongwe
“We have no tar mark road to ease the movement of the peasant
farmers. Yet you the government are saying that Chongwe is the second district
in maize production. The same bumper harvest we are talking about is coming from
this area but where is the road infrastructure to help the farmers ferry out
their crops to the market? There is nothing,” she said.
Nkomeshya said the people of Chongwe also wanted their children to be educated
like others. She said the health system in the district was nothing to be happy
“The hospital that is now serving as a district hospital was my
palace. I took my dignity to come out of that palace. I gave it to the people so
that it could be turned into a clinic to save people's lives,” she
“I went further to raise funds to renovate Chongwe Clinic to be
what it is today. There is Kampekete Clinic, it is also my house. My nephew died
and other relatives wanted to sell it but I stopped it so I could give it to the
Chieftainess Nkomeshya said government has not done anything to
improve the health care system in Chongwe district.
land from me to put up a hospital. I gave them but for all these years nothing
has been done. Chongwe hospital was launched recently but it is standing as a
white elephant. What was the point of launching it? What was the point of
opening it if people are not getting the services that they want?” chieftainess
Nkomeshya asked .
“People are dying, people are walking long distances
when they have a hospital that can help them. That is a hospital without
accommodation for the doctors, so where are the doctors going to be
Chieftainess Nkomeshya said government had not constructed
houses for doctors, which it had promised to do in the second phase.
the second phase going to come now that we are going towards elections?” she
Chieftainess Nkomeshya said the people of Chongwe were seeing new
structures and new roads being built in other areas, but wondered why they were
“There is nothing here. There is nothing. I am saying
this without fear or favour. I know I am making a public statement and it will
reach everybody. If it will not be censored then people will hear my voice. I
feel pain because my people are marginalised when this is our government,” she
“MMD is our party, PF is our party, UPND is our party but it is
heavier on you because we have given you MMD the mandate to look after our
people. But I think we are not being looked after properly the way other people
are being looked after.”
Chieftainess Nkomeshya said she would not be
intimidated and would stand to fight for her people.
“For the previous
elections our votes have been given to the ruling party. What more does the
ruling party want from us? What are we going to get from them? I am not being
rude. I am just stating the facts. I have made this statement in the presence of
government because people would have doubted it…so that you take my message to
the authorities. If there is any criticism, let them challenge me.” Chieftainess
Nkomeshya said as people applauded.
She said she was ready to do anything
to ensure that the people of Chongwe lived better lives.
“I have now
decided to give land to any investor who is willing to give us a school so that
our children can be educated. Government has not done anything. My heart is
congested and I am not trying to make you government unpopular. If there is
anyone to be made unpopular, it should be me,” said chieftainess
In his defence, Namulambe said people should not blame
President Rupiah Banda but his ministers. He said ministers were the ones who
ensured that development reached respective districts.
And in her speech
Sylvia Masebo said her family had put aside a total of K250 million to build a
school to honour the late mother.
“The building of a school is a project
that has been initiated by the family. This is because we want to honour our
mother who believed in the importance of education. She always said that
education was the key to the development of any individual and indeed the
country,” said Masebo.
She said the building of the school would
encourage more people to take their children to school and also discourage early