Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Poniso Njeulu has urged opposition MPs in the country to focus their energies on issues that can propel development in their areas instead of engaging in cheap politics all the time.
Mr Njeulu who is opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Sinjembela Area Member of Parliament said time for politicking is long gone saying people were yearning to see tangible development that can transform their lives.
He said he accepted to serve in the Patriotic Front government because of the people of Shangombo and Senanga district who desperately need development.
Mr Njeulu said this in Senanga District in Western Province yesterday when he met PF officials during his familiarization tour of the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) offices.
He said he does not want to engage in cheap politics but to work towards ensuring that development is taken to the people of his area which he said can only be realized if he works with government.
And Mr Njeulu said his ministry is undertaking a lot of measures to ensure Senanga district and other districts in Western Province receive massive media coverage so that activities and projects that government is undertaken in the province are made known to the people.
He also disclosed that local language newspapers which the PF government has reintroduced in order to increase access to information by the rural populous will officially be on the streets on the second week of May.
Mr Njeulu said the local language newspapers will cost a minimal fee of K1 rebased.
The Information Deputy Minister also directed Senanga District Commissioner Mihepulo Yumei to institute a board for the establishment of a community radio station in Senanga district.
Mr Njeulu also toured the ZANIS Senanga district office where he learnt of the various challenges the office was facing in its discharge of duty.
Speaking earlier, Western Province Minister Obvious Mwalileta said President Michael Sata is committed to seeing to it that Western Province is transformed into a vibrant province that will effectively contribute to the development of the country.
Mr Mwaliteta said all the districts that President Sata has created in Western Province will be fully fledged with operational offices.
He said nothing is impossible under President Sata’s leadership, saying the PF administration will spare no effort to ensure people’s living conditions across the country are improved.
He also stated that he has found no difficulty in finding land where the new district offices will be built.
Mr Mwalileta commended the traditional leadership in the province for the assistance in identifying land for the district offices.
Meanwhile, PF Senanga District Chairman Siyamana Mubita thanked President Sata for creating seven new districts and for appointing Mr Njeulu as Information Deputy Minister.
He said the PF in Senanga district is very strong and that people spreading rumours that the party was dead in Senanga district were lying.