Opposition political parties criticising the Patriotic Front government for investing in roads, schools and hospitals are misguided, Central Province minister Davis Chisopa has said.
It was shocking, he said, that opposition parties had launched unnecessary attacks on Government for opening roads to areas such as Luano, an area which was not accessible in the past.
Mr. Chisopa said there was also a lot of betrayal by the opposition who were going round telling people that the PF government was getting loans without planning for them.
“The PF is the only political party in government which has done better than any other government in the past. We have created districts which have also been opened to the rest of the country and we have seen economic activities in these newly opened districts,” said Mr. Chisopa.
He said the PF will not shy away from taking development to areas where people demanded for development, adding that the core business of politics was not self enrichment but the provision of essential facilities to human kind.
Mr. Chisopa said some opposition leaders who were aspiring to assume power did not have a conscience for the people of Zambia, adding that criticizing Government over the construction of roads, hospitals and schools was ‘‘total betrayal’’ of the people of Zambia.
“The PF government will not stop developing these areas just because some opposition political party leader will talk, no, we shall not abandon the construction of roads, teachers’, police officers’, nurses’ and doctors’ houses just because some politicians will ask where we are getting the loans from. Our core agenda is to improve lives of our people. We shall not allow people without an agenda to detract us,” he said.
He said ending poverty through job creation needed a Government and leadership whose focus was not only about politicking but to create an opportunity for the people of Zambia to participate.
“This is exactly what the PF government is doing. We have not stopped people from participating in the developmental process of the country. We are encouraging locals to take a lead in the development process,” he said.