Patriotic Front (PF) Kabwe Central member of Parliament James Kapyanga has accused Central Province minister Davis Chisopa of diverting the construction of health posts from his constituency to the latter’s Luano Constituency.
But Mr Chisopa has denied the allegations and has pleaded with Mr Kapyanga to be sincere.
“We have had some challenges in health posts construction in my constituency, so I lobbied the Ministry of Health and was allocated Brunnelli, Waya and Kamuchanga but sadly these projects have all been diverted to Luano with the blessings of Mr. Chisopa,” Mr. Kapyanga said in an exclusive interview.
He said the interference, if left unchecked, had the potential to cripple health delivery system in the vast Kabwe Central constituency.
Mr Kapyanga lamented that the people in his constituency were walking long distances to access health facilities.
He said the PF manifesto of bringing health services to people ‘s door -steps could only be realised if the projects were carried out without segregation. Mr Kapyanga said the allocation of projects was coordinated and that any haphazard placement of such projects would be detrimental to the Government.
He appealed to Government to reverse the decision to construct the health posts in Luano constituency and instead implement the projects in his Kabwe Central.
But Mr. Chisopa denied any involvement in the allocation of health posts and challenged the Kabwe law maker to be sincere.
In an interview with the Daily Nation, Mr. Chisopa said he was not yet a minister and even an MP at the time the allocation of health posts were made.
He said he had also been talking to Mr. Kapyanga about the same health posts but was surprised that now the MP was accusing him of interference.
“At the time those health posts were being allocated, I was not an MP. I was not even a minister. I am sure you remember that if you have been following these stories…. but if there are any changes then that should be the responsibility of the Ministry of Health; those are the ones that can give a correct position,” said Mr. Chisopa.