—Chief Mulungwe of the Lala speaking people of Mkushi District in Central Province has observed that peace is a prerequisite for national unity and development.
And Vice President Guy Scott says the recent killing of the Mailoni Brothers by defence and security wings in the newly created Luano District has restored security and public order in the area.
Chief Mulungwe has since implored politicians from government and opposition political parties in the country to embrace love and unity if development is to be achieved.
The traditional leader said this when Vice President Dr. Guy Scott called on him at his palace in Mkushi District today.
Chief Mulungwe observed that there was need for politicians to work together in harmony and discouraged them from practicing tribal politics as Zambians are well known to be peaceful people.
“Politicians should be working together by promoting unity among the people. We as traditional leaders and our subjects love you as our leaders”, he said.
The traditional leader appealed to government to seriously consider revising the modalities of distributing agriculture inputs and consider increasing the number of fertiliser bags in order to enhance agricultural productivity.
He complained that the number of fertiliser bags to given to small scale farmers if not urgently addressed may lead to hunger and household food insecurity.
“ Your Honour, we are disappointed with the current distribution of about two bags of fertilisers to farmers, if this is not urgently addressed may lead to hunger in our homes and food insecurity”, he complained.
Chief Mulungwe also appealed to government to only engage genuine road contractors in order to avoid issues of poor workmanship.
He noted that the local contractor that government has engaged to work on feeder roads in his chiefdom has done shoddy works and his subjects are now of coughing arising from the dust.
Chief Mulungwe further appealed to government to send teachers and other public service workers to the district to improve service delivery.
“Quicken the pace of creating employment especially in rural areas, most of our youths are educated but are not working due to lack of jobs. We have few schools and clinics but even these are understaffed”, he advised.
And in response, Vice President Guy Scott said the killing of the Mailoni Brothers by defence and security wings in the newly created Luano District has assisted government to restore security and public order in the area.
Dr. Scott has however warned criminals and other elements that are terrorizing Zambians that government will not hesitate to deal with them decisively.
“ The killing of the notorious and fugitive Mailoni brothers a few weeks ago by our defence and security wings has restored peace and pubic order in Luano Valley but we also deal firmly with those involved in banditry activities”, he warned.
The Vice President assured Chief Mulungwe that government was working very hard to correct the ruins that the previous MMD government left before the PF took over government.
He explained that when Dr. Kenneth Kaunda left government, the then UNIP government tried to put up infrastructure across the country but instead of building on that the MMD government neglected almost sectors of the economy.
On Agriculture sector, Dr. Scott pointed out that government is working towards sealing all loopholes that lead to undeserving people like civil servants and others that were benefiting at the expense of vulnerable but viable small scale farmers.
He further pointed that people formed bogus Farmers Cooperatives for the sole purpose of accessing agricultural inputs hence depriving genuine farmers from benefiting from the programme.
Dr. Scott reiterated that government is committed in addressing all the concerns both in the short, middle and long term basis in a bid to better the lives of Zambians.
He further reiterated that government has initiated a lot of developmental projects across the country such as the Link Zambia 2000 Road Project, Pave Zambia 2000 and unprecedented construction of infrastructure.
Dr. Scott explained that government has already awarded contracts for the ambitious 650 clinics across the country in order to increase accessibility to quality healthcare to Zambians as close as possible.
The Vice President was accompanied PF Mkushi North Constituency Campaign Manager, Mwenya Musenga who is also Copperbelt Province Minister, PF Mkushi North Constituency Candidate, Ingrid Mphande and her husband.
Others were PF Central Province Benson Chali, Dr. Edgar Ngoma, senior government and party officials.
Dr. Scott is in the district to drum up support for PF Mkushi North Constituency candidate, Ingrid Mphande for the forthcoming by elections slated for July 25th, 2013.
The polls were necessitated by the defection of then MMD Member of Parliament, Mutale Musonda to the ruling PF a few months ago.
MMD is defending the seat through Johnathan Kapungwe, NAREP is fielding Albert Kawaya, Independent candidate Felix Chisenga is also vying for the seat.
UPND has fielded Winter Libbohole, PF has settled for 2011 losing candidate, Ingrid Mphande while UNIP has fielded Bernard Nsimbi.
Dr. Scott is expected to address three public rallies today before winding up his campaign trail tomorrow.