22 September 2012

Zambia: Sata's Parliament Speech Wins Kudos

Photo: Post of Zambia
Sata addressing rally

SEVERAL cooperating partners, political parties and the church have applauded President Michael Sata's speech during the official opening of the Second Session of the 11th National Assembly.

They described Mr Sata's broad speech when he opened Parliament in Lusaka yesterday as impressive and inspirational as it outlined diversified developmental areas that the Patriotic Front (PF) Government was delivering.

Speaking in separate interviews, United Party for National Development (UPND) deputy spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa said his party was impressed with economic areas of development as propounded by Mr Sata.

He said Mr Sata's statement that Mufumbwe should be a violence free area during the forthcoming parliamentary by-election should be supported by all Zambians to ensure peace prevailed.

"We take note and welcome the President's remarks when it comes to having violence free elections. This message has come at the right time just ahead of the Mufumbwe by-elections which the last time were characterised by violence," he said.

The Electoral Commission of Zambia has set November 8, as date for the by-election in Mufumbwe following the expulsion of MMD Member of Parliament, Steven Masumba, who was punished by his party for accepting a ministerial position in the Patriotic Front (PF) Government and has since joined the PF.

UPND Sinazongwe MP Richwell Siamunene hailed the Government for signing an implementation of agreement with EMCO Energy Zambia Limited which seeks to address power deficits in Zambia by developing a coalmine in Sinazongwe and building a power station at a cost of about US$1billion.

The Government on Thursday signed the agreement which would exploit coal for power generation and the commissioning of the project was estimated to take up to 46 months from the financial closure.

He said the power station which would have a gross capacity of 300 megawatts, was a welcome development and appealed to the investors to employ the locals and also empower them with power.

Mr Siamunene said Sinazongwe had abundant water resources and interested investors to explore various investment opportunities to enhance welfare of the locals by creating more jobs.

Egyptian ambassador Salah El-Sadek said President Sata was showing exemplary leadership by setting inspiring developmental goals in various economic sectors.

"The President's speech has given more renewed hope not only to Zambians but all of us because he has touched on so many significant developmental issues," Mr Sadek said.

He said Mr Sata had numerous advantages to develop Zambia because in the one year the PF Government had been in office, the country had achieved immense developmental progress.

He said Mr Sata's background of holding many Government positions in previous regimes gave him more experience to run national affairs and it would not be difficult for him to excel.

South African High Commissioner Moses Chikane was happy that Mr Sata outlined constructive economic matters that would subsequently result into improved livelihood for Zambians.

Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) secretary general Suzanne Matale said MrSata's call for the enhancement of democracy in Zambia should be supported by all stakeholders.

She said the need to enhance and strengthen democracy should be a mandate of all Zambians and not bestowing Mr Sata with the burden alone to champion the crusade including the fight against corruption.

MMD president Nevers Mumba who was speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday in reaction to President Sata's speech, accused the Head of State of not focusing much on national matters such as how the PF Government was implementing the constitution making process.

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