Members of Parliament to decide the course of the Constitution-President Lungu

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Rupiah-Banda-EDGAR-LUNGU-624x499President Edgar Lungu has said that he will allow Members of Parliament to decide the course of the Constitution as they start debating.

President Lungu told reporters in Lusaka shortly before departure for Mansa that his stance and views over the constitution are well known. The President said that he will not interfere in the process in the spirit of democracy.

President Lungu said that Parliamentarians are the people’s representatives and know what to include and what not to. Justice Minister Ngosa Symbyakula on Friday last Week presented the Constitution of Zambia bill to parliament.

Meanwhile, 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.

And Chief Nsamba of the Unga people of Lunga district has assured President Edgar Lungu of massive votes from his subjects in the 2016 General Elections.

Chief Nsamba says this is because the people are happy that the President has demonstrated that he is a hard worker like the late President Michael Sata.

He has also thanked Mr. Lungu for declaring October 18 as day for national prayers and making it a holiday adding that this adds value to Zambia’s declaration as a Christian Nation by Late President Fredrick Chiluba.

The Chief has also welcomed President Lungu’s pronouncement that government will soon start issuing National Registration Cards and voters cards in the area stating that his fears of youths in the area being de-franchised have now been allayed.

He has also asked government to expedite the awarding of prospective licenses for oil and gas for block number 2 which he says will help in poverty alleviation in the area through job creation.

Other chiefs that were part of the meeting are Senior Chief Kalimankonde, Chief Kasomalunga, Chief Bwalya Mponda and Sub Chief Mweshi.The Chief was speaking during a meeting with President LUNGU in Lunga district.

President Lungu who also toured the construction site of the new Lunga District was accompanied by Luapula Province Minister Benson Kapaya, Local Government Minister Steven Kampyongo, Community Development Minister Emerine Kabanshi, Health Deputy Minister Chitalu Chilufya, and State House Deputy Minister Mulenga Sata.

Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu has reiterated government’s commitment to develop Lunga district.

The President says he has seen the challenges on his own and will ensure that the canals in the area dredged and deepened to allow bigger boats reach the area.President Lungu was speaking when he addressed a rally in the district.

President Lungu says he has seen the challenges on his own and will ensure that the canals are dredged and deepened to allow bigger boats reach the area.

The Head of State says while some projects for the construction of the Police Camp and Post Office have progressed others have slowed down hence will engage contractors through his Special Assistant for Project Monitoring Lucky Mulusa who was is part of his delegation.

The President Lungu has also called on youths in the area to ensure that they get NRCs and register as voters so that their voices can be heard in next year’s general elections.

 President Lungu was in Lunga District to inspect some developmental projects in the area and was welcomed by four year old Lilian Chabala at Kasomalunga Primary School Grounds