KABWE Central member of Parliament (MP) James Kapyanga is elated with President Sata’s keen interest to revive Kabwe.
President Sata at State House on Monday met Patriotic Front (PF) MPs and urged Mr Kapyanga to help revive the town and make it more attractive than it is now.
The president said that Kabwe is a ghost town that needs a lot of development projects.
Mr Kapyanga said in an interview on Friday that he and his Bwacha counterpart Sydney Mushanga are happy that Mr Sata is aware of the problems Kabwe is experiencing.
He said the call by Mr Sata is timely and a source of encouragement for him and Mr Mushanga to work in partnership with other stakeholders.
Mr Kapyanga noted that Kabwe has lagged economically and in infrastructure development for a long time.
“Like what the President said, there is need for accelerated strategic integrated development if Kabwe has to see economic development.
“Despite both seats having been under ruling parties, Kabwe has not had a fair share of the national cake,” Mr Kapyanga said.
He noted that under the reign of the MMD government, Kabwe experienced the closure of the mine, Zambia-China Mulungushi Textiles and other companies, and the road network was left in a deplorable state.
He said he is therefore, happy that Mr Sata is monitoring what is happening in Kabwe.
The lawmaker said in reviving Kabwe, there is need for investment in various sectors to facilitate creation of jobs, improving existing infrastructure and developing new infrastructure.
He said Kabwe should be an economic giant in Zambia because of its central location.
“Now the President has given me courage to go out there and seek partnership of all stakeholders to make Kabwe attractive for investment,” Mr Kapyanga said.
He commended Kabwe residents, who have endured economic hardship triggered in the 1990s and implored them to participate in initiatives aimed at making Kabwe attain economic growth and development.
SOURCE: Zambia Daily Mail