LUNGU slams Luapula administration


President Edgar Lungu has taken a swipe at the Provincial Administration in Luapula for failing to organize fuel for the dredgers in Lunga District.

The President says it is sad that dredgers for canals in Lunga which is only accessible by water and air have had not fuel since January this year.

He has advised Luapula Province Minister Benson Kapaya and his Permanent Secretary Boniface Chimbwali to be able to speak with relevant offices in order to develop the area.

The President says it doesn’t have to take him to visit certain areas for development to take place as Zambia is too big.

Speaking when he held a meeting with 4 Chiefs of Lunga district, President Lungu also expressed concern that only 40 bore-holes have been earmarked for the district out of the 920 set for Luapula and Central Provinces.

He has assured the traditional leadership that he will again visit the district in November with some diplomats accredited to Zambia to appreciate the situation and see how they can help.

The President has also stated that construction of health posts will soon commence in the district as there was some challenge between an Indian contractor and his government.

And General Kapaya says efforts to push the Ministry of Works and Supply for fuel have been in vain hence the two dredgers have been parked since January while the drivers continue getting paid for not doing any work.

Meanwhile Luapula Constituency MP Emerine Kabanshi thanked President Lungu for being the first sitting President to visit the area in over 30 years.

Mrs. Kabanshi has appealed to President Lungu to also find time and visit the game reserve in the district as part of helping promoting tourism.

And Health Deputy Minister Chitalu Chilufya says equipment for construction of health posts is already in the province and will soon be air lifted from Mansa to Lunga by ZAF as the area is inaccessible by road.