22 January 2013

Zambia: Stop Frustrating Govt Efforts, Says Chikusu

KATUBA MMD Member of Parliament (MP) Patrick Chikusu has advised his fellow opposition MPs to stop frustrating Government projects.

Dr Chikusu said MPs working against the Government were defeating the tenets of democracy and development.

The MP, who is Health Deputy Minister, said opposition parliamentarians who were frustrating Government's developmental agenda were doing so blindly.

"Any elected MP whether from opposition or ruling party is aware of his or her allegiance of upholding the Constitution and democracy in the country.

"It is clear that all MPs are elected on the basis that he or she will work with the Government," he said.

He was speaking in his constituency at the weekend when he handed over a classroom block at Katuba Basic School constructed by Mount Meru Group of Companies at a cost of KR250, 000.

He said the same opposition leaders who were trying to frustrate Government's efforts were not turning down the Constituency Development Funds (CDF), an indication that they were willing to work with the Government selectively.

Dr Chikusu urged traditional leaders who attended the ceremony to ensure that they provided land for a police post as soon as possible.

Mount Meru representative David Chaponda said his company decided to build an agricultural plant in Katuba Constituency at a cost of US$30 million and had plans to employ more than 300 locals.

Meanwhile, Dr Chikusu has expressed concern over the increased number of malaria cases in Serenje and Mkushi districts in Central Province.

He said it was unfortunate that despite the measures that had been put in place to combat the disease, cases had continued to rise.

Dr Chikusu, who was speaking when he toured health centres in Serenje and Mkushi districts, said the Government had released money for indoor spraying while mosquito nets would be distributed free of charge to expectant mothers and children under the age of five.

Mkushi District medical officer Rosemary Mwanza said the district hospital was overwhelmed as it catered for a large community which recorded between 250 and 300 patients everyday.

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