President Michael Sata has lashed out at some people that are spreading wrong information about the Barotse Agreement of 1964 to the people of Western province and the entire nation.
Mr Sata noted that all people were created in the image of God and that Western province like any other province in Zambia has different tribes that have settled and continued to live there.
The President said various tribes including the Nkoyas, Chokwes and Luchazi’s have also settled in the province hence the need of developing the area for the benefit of everyone.
President Sata said this today when he commissioned Shang’ombo District Hospital in Shang’ombo.
Mr Sata noted that health institutions should be function for the people of Shang’ombo.
He further directed that all government departments that exist in other districts of Western province should also be represented at district level in Shang’ombo.
The President said once this development is achieved, various ministries will be able to benefit from the services at the health facility.
Mr Sata said government will at the moment do what it can to develop Shang’ombo district but urged the people to chose who can work with the government to deliver development in the area.
Meanwhile, President Sata has ordered the Minister of Transport, Communication, Works and Supply Christopher Yaluma to ensure that Shang’ombo district is connected to the national grid.
The President said the district must move away from using generators for electricity supply adding that provision of electricity should not only be focused at the hospital but to all the people of Shang’ombo district.
President Sata was accompanied by Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde, Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Joseph Katema, Gender and Child Development Minister Inonge Wina and Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Emmanuel Chenda.
Others were Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Christopher Yaluma, Minister of Sports and Youth Chishimba Kambwili, Western Province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Greyford Monde and his Information and Broadcasting Services counterpart Poniso Njeulu and several senior government officials.
President Sata also urged ministers to move away from just merely making promises to the people but to deliver development saying it is because of the people that they are in the current positions they are occupying.
He thanked the people of Shang’ombo for warmly welcoming him to the area.
And Health Minister Joseph Kasonde said the construction of Shang’ombo District Hospital is just the beginning of the major change intended for the area and the rest of the country by the PF government.
Dr Kasonde was grateful that a fully fledged hospital that people of Shang’ombo needed has finally been delivered to them.
He said the hospital is set for 181 medical staff out of which 125 are already in place.
And, speaking on behalf of the Litunga, Acting Ngambela Lifuna Siisi said the Litunga is behind the developmental programme by the PF government in the area.
He said the Litunga want to see development in the province hence the need to support President Sata in such important undertakings.