President Michael Sata has said Western province would develop faster and significantly if there were more Patriotic Front (PF) Members of Parliament (MPs) in the area.
Currently, there are only two PF Members of Parliament (MPs) out of 17 constituencies in the province and these are Nalolo MP, Inonge Wina and Mongu Central MP, Nathaniel Mubukwanu.
Mr Sata said the two PF Members of Parliament have worked hard towards fulfilling the ruling party’s campaign promises.
He said this in Nalolo district today when he launched the Muoyo Water Supply Project.
“If I had half of the MPs in Western province, the sky would be the limit,” President Sata said in apparent reference to development taking place in the region.
The President said he was sceptical about enhancing development in the province because if he did, the opposition political parties would be claiming to be responsible for that development.
Mr Sata said it was now up to the people of Western province to elect more PF Members to Parliament in future elections in the region in order to foster development.
And President Sata has bemoaned the fact that many people in Western province have remained poor despite the region being one of the first to produce intellectuals in the country.
He said his government would improve education systems in the country so that children do not end up at basic education level which he said would not help anyone do something tangible in life.
Earlier, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Housing Forrie Tembo said the Muoyo Water Supply project would gobble KR4.9 million.
Mr Tembo said the 10,000 Muoyo residents would benefit from the new water project, which was fully funded by his ministry.
He said his ministry was currently undertaking water and sanitation projects in many other areas of Western province adding that this would help improve people’s access to clean water.
And Nalolo Member of Parliament, Inonge Wina told the people in the area to support the PF government in its endeavours of developing the region.
Mrs Wina said President Sata and his government were now fulfilling promises which were made when the PF was campaigning to be elected into government.
Meanwhile, Acting Ngambela Godfrey Siisi (Induna Kalonga), who spoke on behalf of the Litunga of Western province in Limulunga district and Litunga Lamboela in Nalolo district, said the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) was happy with the PF government’s style of leadership and desire to develop the area.
Several cabinet and deputy ministers, senior government officials and representatives of the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) attended the function.
President Sata earlier commissioned newly Shangombo district hospital in Shangombo but boycotted to launch the ground breaking ceremony of the construction of the Mongu ultra modern stadium after realising that authorities responsible were not ready.