12 November 2012

Zambia: Have Confidence in PF Govt - Vice President

VICE-PRESIDENT Guy Scott has assured Zambians that the Patriotic Front (PF)Government will not fail the people as evidenced by its commitment to infrastructure development in the country.

Dr Scott said increased infrastructure was a catalyst to the development in the country's economy.

He said this at the weekend during the launch of the Chikanta strategic plan at the Chuungu Royal Palace in Chief Chikanta's area in Kalomo.

"Zambians should have more confidence in the PF Government because we are committed to ensuring we implement various infrastructure developments for our people.

"Infrastructure growth is key to national development. People should play their role in ensuring infrastructure that the Government has put in place is put to good use, if the Government puts a dip tank in your area, you should dip your animals," Dr Scott said.

The vice-president assured that Government was addressing various challenges facing people in the rural areas.

He said rural roads would be worked on as they were part of the Link-Zambia 8000 road project.

He thanked the people of Chief Chikanta's area for their contribution to the strategic plan and hoped that the ideology would be replicated in other chiefdoms around the country.

Dr Scott said that Government was responding do the concerns of the farmers in the districts and was trying to open up more pay points for the farmers to access their payments.

USAID-funded Share project, chief of party Dr Muka Mcleod said that she was impressed with the contribution of the people towards the strategic plan.

Chief Mwamba of the Bemba speaking people of Northern Province said that the strategic plan would boost rural employment and that there was no need for country to be poor.

Dundumwezi Member of Parliament Edgar Sing'ombe appealed to Government to connect his constituency to the national power grid as it would bring development and create more job opportunities.

Mr Sing'ombe appealed for quick setting up of a police station in his area to address security concerns.

Chief Chikanta called on the Government to ensure that the aspect of strategic planning is rolled out to all chiefdoms in the country.

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