ZANIS COP – Subsidy on FISP still stands – Scott

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–Vice President Guy Scott says government has not scrapped off the subsidy under the Farmer Input Support Program (FISP).

Dr Scott said the Patriotic Front (PF) government only wants to work on the system to make it better in order for small scale farmers whom the program was meant for to be benefiting from it.


The Vice President further advised Zambians not to listen to people complaining about government’s agriculture policies adding that such people are the ones against the PF government’s development agenda.


He said this when he addresses a rally to drum up support for Lameck Mangani a PF candidate in the Chipata Central Parliamentary by-election slated for July 25, at Chipata Basic School ground in Chipata district in Eastern province.


Meanwhile Dr Scott who is also PF party Vice President has asked electorates in Chipata Central to give Mr Mangani a 100 % vote during the by-election.


He also advised the electorates not to vote on tribal lines but vote for a PF candidate as he has the ability to deliver.


Dr Scott said that the PF government wants a member of parliament who will be able to give good representation in order to help government implement projects in the area.


The Vice President advised his PF party members to avoid confrontations amongst themselves and with members of the opposition as they campaign.


And Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu called on electorates to cast their vote wisely during the by-election by voting for Mr Mangani.


Meanwhile Mr Mangani said he would like to see Chipata Central develop further once voted for as area Member of Parliament.


Speaking earlier Eastern province Minister, Malozo Sichone disclosed that government will next year embark on the construction of Chipata District Hospital.


Mr Sichone said all the plans for the construction of the district hospital in 2014 have already been put in place.


Dr Scott also addressed rallies at Mchini and Nyakutwa grounds respectively.


He was accompanied by Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba, Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu, Foreign Affairs Minister Effron Lungu, Lusaka Province Minister Benson Kapaya and other senior government and party officials.


The Chipata Central Parliamentary seat fail vacant after the High court nullified the elections of MMDs Reuben Mutolo.


Four political parties are taking part in the Chipata Central Parliamentary by-elections and these include PF, UNIP, MMD, NAREP and an independent candidate.