1 January 2013

Zambia: President Reiterates Hard Work Pledge

PRESIDENT Michael Sata has pledged to continue working hard to better the lives of Zambians after a successful 2012.

Mr Sata in his New Year message to the nation broadcast on ZNBC in Lusaka yesterday reiterated his pledge to make Zambia a better place for everyone.

The President said his Government remained focused to forge developmental programmes for the benefit of all Zambians.

"The challenge of my Government is and will continue to be for the near future, accelerating progress in closing development gaps between rural and urban areas, and to seize and create opportunities to achieve sustainable development," Mr Sata said.

He said as the nation reflected on the year 2012, it was imperative for Government to highlight some of the achievements that had been recorded and the challenges that came to the fore.

Mr Sata said the transition from the MMD had been managed successfully as this could be noted from the various Government programmes that had been carried forwards and new ones instituted upon assuming office.

He said some of the programmes had already started yielding positive results.

The President recalled the promise he made to the Zambians and cooperating partners on the zero-tolerance stance towards corruption and tackling the scourge with the vigour it deserved.

President Sata said the efforts had been proved through the reinstatement of the abuse of office clause which had been removed by the MMD government.

During the transition, Mr Sata said Government had promoted inclusiveness in the running of national affairs.

He said the PF had identified and included, on merit, Zambians from all walks of life to serve in various public service positions and that the inclusiveness had also brought traditional leaders onboard as evidenced with the continued consultations with chiefs on several occasions.

In a bid to bring public service, decision making and development closer to the masses, Government had created new districts to help deepen decentralisation and consolidate democracy.

"This process has political, economic and socio-cultural benefits which include promotion of popular participation by the majority in accessing services," the President said.

President Sata said as a way to enhance the welfare of Zambians, Government had commenced major projects in various sectors and notable among these was the landmark construction of the road network dubbed the Link Zambia-8000 project.

Others were the construction of universities under the education sector to train the much needed skills for research and innovation; and also the improvement of the electricity generation capacity by commissioning more hydro-power plants such as Itezhi-Tezhi, Shiwag'andu and completion of the extension to Kariba North Bank power station.

In the area of health, Mr Sata said Government had commenced implementing its promises of setting up Intensive Care Units in every hospital.

The President implored all citizens to familiarise themselves with the rebased Kwacha and guard against unscrupulous individuals that intended to take advantage of the transition period.

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