Sata in Mkushi

President Michael Sata says the under-development in some parts of the country including Mkushi district is due to lack of proper representation in parliament.President Sata noted that Mkushi district has continued to lag behind in terms of development because the previous members of parliament were more concerned about self-enrichment than improving the district.

President Sata said this on Thursday July 18,2013 when he addressed a rally at Nkumbi primary
school grounds in Mkushi to drum up support for PF candidate in the July 25 by-election
Ingrid Mphande.

He said poverty eradication will be difficult to attain if people elected to represent the masses continue to enrich themselves at the expense of national development.

‘’I don’t see us achieving development if my colleagues in parliament,especially those from the opposition, continue to divert resources meant for national development for personal achievement,” said President Sata.

President Sata said he will not tolerate corrupt members of parliament in his government because as he is more interested in safeguarding development in the country and ensuring that every Zambian benefits
from the national cake.
He urged the people of Nkumbi ward to vote for the ruling PF in the July 25 Parliamentary by-election so that they can have adequate representation that will enhance development in the area.
‘’The intention of my government is to ensure that you, in rural areas have the same share of development as those in the city because you are also electorates, just like those in urban areas.’’

‘’I am also aware that you want access to good health facilities,proper education, clean water and good infrastructure, and I can guarantee you that I will waste no time to work with people who do not
have your aspirations at heart,’’ President Sata said.
And President Sata has reminded people vying to be parliamentarians to bear in mind that being a parliamentarian is not about self-gain, or title but service to the people.
He said a good MP looks out for the people and lives among them in order to have a wide perspective of their needs and concerns because leadership becomes questionable when the electorates cannot identify
their leader.
The President questioned central province minister, Philip Kosamu, why the people of Nkumbi do not know him when he is the provincial minister and claims to have been in the area campaigning
for Mrs MPhande since last week.
‘’How come the people in the province do not know you? How long have ou been in Nkumbi? , the President asked .

Meanwhile, PF candidate Ingrid Mphande has assured the people of Nkumbi ward that she will deliver development to the district once elected as MP.
Mrs Mphande, a popular Tomato grower who has employed over 300 people around Mkushi farming block, said she will do everything possible to uphold the living standards of the people in Mkushi North.

She disqualified assertions that she may not foster development in the area because she lives far away from Mkushi, saying she is a local person and will always work with the local people in reviving the dead
economy of the district.

Aspiring candidates in the July 25 Mkushi North parliamentary by-election include Wynter Libohole for the UPND, MMD’s Jonathan Kapungwe and Bernard Nshimbi for UNIP and an independent Felix Chisanga.

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