–Newly installed Chief Chilyabufu of the Ila people of Itezhi Tezhi district in Central province has thrown his support to the government for its decision to remove fuel subsidies saying majority of rural people stand to benefit from improved infrastructure development.
Chief Chilyabufu said thousands of rural communities will benefit from improved access to schools, health facilities and many other developments that will come as a result of funds saved from fuel subsidies.
Chief Chilyabufu who paid glowing tribute to the Patriotic Front (PF) government’s relentless efforts in improving road infrastructure especially the D769 road said he was confident that money realized from removal of subsidies will improve infrastructure for the development of the country.
The traditional leader said that there is no doubt that the PF government will utilize the savings from subsidies in improving infrastructure such as roads, schools and health facilities because he believes that it is the most practical government.
“I have served under five presidents as a civil servant in this country and I have seen that the PF government is the most practical of all,” said Chief Chilyabufu.
Chief Chilyabufu made the revelations when District Commissioner Roy Nang’alelwa and other government heads of departments paid their first courtesy call at his palace yesterday.
He also said that although the opposition have raised withering criticism at government for removing subsidies, the explanation of government sounds more practical and sensible.
“We are all seeing the development taking place in various parts of the country through our national broadcaster ZNBC and that gives us hope that whatever they have said about the removal of subsidies will be done,” noted Chief Chilyabufu.
“We know that whatever President Sata says goes, we saw him directing Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe to shift the headquarters to Choma and it was done swiftly, this gives us hope that even the money saved from subsidies will be used to develop infrastructure in rural areas such as roads and the health facilities,” said the chief.
Chief Chilyabufu noted that most people in his chiefdom are happy with President Sata’s directive to bring forward the construction of the D769 road under the Link Zambia 8000.
And Itezhi Tezhi District Commissioner Roy Nang’alelwa urged Chief Chilyabufu to work closely with government in order to bring about development in the chiefdom.
Mr Nangálelwa said that traditional chiefs play an important role in the administration chefdoms.