PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has expressed displeasure with the Luapula Province administration for failing to provide fuel for dredgers to open up canals in Lunga district.
Mr Lungu immediately directed special assistant to the President for project implementation Mr Lucky Mulusa to liaise with the Ministry of Finance to ensure that fuel was procured for the dredgers which had been staight for over a year.
President Lungu said it was the duty of the provincial administration to ensure that they pushed for resources to ensure development projects were executed.
“You don’t have to wait for the President, it is the duty of the provincial minister to push for resources, the country is big and there are competing projects countrywide.
Don’t be reluctant be pushy. When you fail they will not only point at you, they will say we have failed, but am not a failure, so I expect you to be proactive,” President Lungu said.
He said this in Lunga where he went to inspect development projects. He later met five traditional leaders to discuss various issues in the area.
Lunga district situated in the Luapula river and Lake Bangweulu water bodies and the only way to the area was by air or water transport.
However, the canals have not been cleared for over one year because the provincial administration has failed to secure fuel for the dredgers.
But Patriotic Front (PF) Luapula constituency area Member of Parliament Emerine Kabanshi told President Lungu and his entourage that she had been pushing for the fuel but her efforts had been in vain.
At the same meeting President Lungu said China has pledged to drill 920 boreholes in Luapula and Central provinces of which over 40 boreholes would be drilled in Lunga district.
President Lungu told the traditional leaders that the construction of rural health posts had stalled and that the contractors engaged by the Indian Government to do the works were not giving proper reasons.
The President has delegated Vice President Inonge Wina to travel to India to find out from that Government why the project had stalled.
He appealed to the traditional leaders to be open with him by giving him and his administration counsel and guidance whenever required.
Chief Nsamba who spoke on behalf of other chiefs said the traditional leaders would rally behind President Lungu and vote for him in 2016.
“We have been and we will work with you, come 2016 expect massive votes from us and the people in the district,” he said.
Chief Nsamba commended the Government for embarking on the National mobile voter registration exercise and the issuing of National Registration Cards.
The chief appealed to the provincial and district administration to ensure that necessary materials for the two exercise were brought in the area by Monday next week.
He appealed to the President to consider opening up area for oil exploration and also send investors to exploit the growing of rice and other crops.
Chiefs Nsamba was flanked by senior Chief Kalimankonde, Chief Kasoma Lunga, Chief Bwalyamponda and sub chief Mwense.