Minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo has appealed to Livingstone residents to give the government a chance and support to implement policies that would benefit them in the long run.
Addressing scores of street vendors who mobbed her today to explain why government removed subsidies on maize and fuel, Ms Masebo said the decision by the government is purely aimed at ploughing back the revenue for economic development.
She explained that there was no way government could implement decisions that would hurt the people adding that the money realised from the removal of subsidies would be used to develop infrastructure in both rural and urban areas as well as other essential services such as health care.
“Government is committed to implementing long term projects that will not only benefit a few clique of people as was the case with the subsidies but we want to make sure that all Zambians enjoy the benefits of economic prosperity regardless of regions, tribe, race, and political affiliation,” said Ms Masebo.
“I am therefore appealing to people of Livingstone to be patient and support the government of the day in its quest to bring the much needed development and I think this is why you gave us the mandate of five years and thereafter when the mandate expires you can judge us on how we have performed,” said Ms Masebo.
Ms Masebo said people should now focus their attention to hold government accountable to ensure that all the revenue that will be realised is channeled towards development and nothing else.
“I believe your main focus now is to hold this government accountable so that every penny is well utilized for the benefit of everyone in the country,” said Ms Masebo.
She further told the vendors that it was the interest of government to ensure an increase in the number of tourist arrivals in the tourist capital in order to create more jobs for the local people.
Meanwhile, Ms Masebo said government with the help of the Road Development Agency (RDA) will next week begin working on some of the township roads not covered under the United Nations World Tourism General Assembly (UNWTO) preparations.