Western Province Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga has charged that President Michael Sata was not receiving adequate support in the country in issues of preserving and ensuring that natural resources benefit local people in the country.
Speaking when he officially opened the inception workshop of the preparation of the integrated development plan (IDP) for the Zambia component of the proposed Liuwa Plains – Mussuma Trans Frontier Conservation Area in Mongu, Mr. Malupenga also noted Western Province has unique wildlife species among other natural resources with the potential to improve the tourism sector of the country.
Mr. Malupenga said President Sata’s earlier directive for the reversing of the statutorily instrument number (89) was done for the benefit of the common man in communities especially those residing in the poorest of the people across the country.
He said it was surprising that when the President reversed the statutory instrument he did not receive support to that effect saying that the decision was meant to protect the country’s natural resources and ensure that local people benefit significantly.
“we need to how ask ourselves this question, are the communities benefiting from the natural resources our country is inbred with, the truth is that we do not benefits from our resources as much as we should, we are not trying to be selfish but we want to believe that since we are talking about these resources which are Zambian’s, then the first beneficiaries should be Zambians and all others must be secondary,’ Malupenga said.
He said that it was saddening that foreigners across the world have success stories emanating from natural resources found in Zambia whilst the local people who are the owners of the resources have continued to languish in abject poverty.