Lungu opens parley as UPND MPs boycott


President Edgar Lungu has outlined his government‘s programme for the country for next five years.

And President Lungu says the PF Government will in the next five years through the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) target to create one million jobs.

Speaking when he officially opened the first session of the twelfth National Assembly this morning, President Lungu says the government will use growth areas of agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, manufacturing and information and communication technology in line with the PF manifesto which pledges industrialization.

He adds that in the next 5 to 10 years state owned enterprises will be listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchange so as to ensure broader citizen economic empowerment.

President Lungu says in order to stimulate job creation; government will create an industrial policy.

He says as part of industrialization and job creation agenda, mining will continue to play a key.

President Lungu says job creation remains high on the agenda of his administration.

And on Infrastructure development, President Lungu says government will continue with infrastructure development.

He says government will continue with road projects such as the Link Zambia -8000,L-400 and Copperbelt 400.

President Lungu however, states that government will under the Link Zambia-8000 prioritize economic roads.

He says 4000km of roads are currently under construction under the link Zambia 8000.

And president Lungu says he proposed the creation of four new ministries namely ministry of Presidential Affairs, Ministry of water, sanitation and environmental protection, ministry of housing and infrastructure development and ministry of national guidance and religious affairs.

He however, says he is hesitating on the creation of the ministry of religious affairs following the objection from the church mother bodies.

Meanwhile UPND Members of Parliament boycotted the official opening of Parliament by President Lungu.

The benches on which the UPND MPs were supposed to seat remained empty during the entire period of the presidential address.




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