–Home Affairs Deputy Minister, Nickson Chilangwa, has called on Members of Parliament (MPs) from opposition political parties to take advantage of the olive branch President Michael Sata has extended to the opposition.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Senanga District Commissioner, Yumei Mihipulo, Mr Chilangwa said it is only when opposition MPs work with government that they will speed up development in their respective constituencies.
Mr Chilangwa said opposition MPs should not concentrate on politicking, saying time is now that people’s needs should be met.
He said MPs must be more loyal to the people who voted for them than the political parties they belong to because the people who voted for them want development in their areas.
Mr Chilangwa urged Senanga MP Likando Mufalali to emulate his counterparts for Shangombo, Poniso Njeulu and Kalabo’s Chinga Miyutu who are serving in the PF government.
The Deputy Minister added that the PF government will create about 2000 jobs in Western Province once the nine newly created districts are operationalised.
He said government will employ about 200 civil servants in each new district, thereby enhance commercial activities in the respective districts.
Mr Chilangwa also told Nalolo District Commissioner, Samwene Mundia to be patient as infrastructural development in the new districts will not come at once.
He, however, said government is committed to ensuring that the newly created districts are developed.
And Mr Mihupulo told the Minister that Senanga State Prison was constantly congested because the facility also caters for Shangombo district.
He said the only motor vehicle for the prisons is currently not running which is making it difficult to source firewood used for cooking food for the inmates.
Mr Mihupulo added that the police station also has no holding cell which is another contributing factor to overcrowding at the prison.
The DC also said as a way of improving communication and security in the district, there is need to spread the network coverage of phone providers.
The minister was on a fact finding mission and took note of all the concerns raised by the DC.