Scott calls for strengthening of ties between govt, Chiefs in North-west

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Acting President Guy Scott has called for strengthening of cooperation and relations between government and chiefs in North-western Province in order to spur development in the area.

Dr Scott said government wants to work with chiefs in the area in order to foster development and improve the welfare of the people.

The Acting President assured the chiefs that government is working round the clock to ensure that the region benefits from the massive
mining investments in the region.

This follows appeals from Chief Mumena that government addresses the unequal distribution of wealth in the province emanating from the huge
mining investments in the area.

Chief Mumena also commended Dr Scott for exhibiting great leadership during the transition period and ensuring that the turbulence did not
rock the boat.

The traditional ruler urged government to learn from other countries by adopting governance systems that avoid presidential elections
following the death of a sitting president.

ZANIS reports that Dr Scott is in Solwezi to inspect government developmental projects in North-western Province.

He is accompanied by Local Government and Housing Minister Emmanuel
Chenda, PF Secretary General Davies Chama, Mufumbwe Member of Parliament Steven Masumba and senior government officials.

Mr Masumba , who is former Sports Deputy Minister and was recently
pardoned and released from jail was air lifted by jubilant PF cadres .

And addressing the crowds at the airport, Dr Scott thanked the people
for braving the rains to receive him.


He has since called on the people of North-western province to desist from being used as tools of political violence.

He said he was happy with the level of support for PF Presidential candidate Edgar Lungu in the province and directed party members to go
flat out and campaign.

Dr Scott said the PF is the only party that can get the job done in developing the country and improving the welfare of Zambians.

The Acting President is on a three day working visit and will visit five other districts to check on the progress of development projects
in the province and hold a series of public meetings.

Dr Scott is expected to officiate at the ground breaking ceremony of Ikelenge District Hospital, which was declared a new district in 2012
by late President Michael Sata.

He will also inspect the national grid connection project in Mwinilunga, commission Chavuma District Hospital and inspect the
construction of Chavuma Police Station.

The Acting President has in the last fortnight been checking on government projects in education, roads, health and energy sectors
among others on the Copperbelt, Central and Lusaka provinces.