GOVERNMENT will not segregate when rolling out development throughout the country regardless of which areas voted for the Patriotic Front (PF), President Edgar Lungu has said.
And President Lungu said he was happy that he had inherited a peaceful country from late Michael Sata and reiterated that he will ensure that peace prevailed as the country goes to the polls this year.
Speaking during a meeting with the North Western Province council of elders at Kansenshi Hotel yesterday, President Lungu said he would ensure that the country’s resources were equally distributed across the country because he was a national leader who was chosen by the majority of Zambians to whom he had a mandate to develop the country.
And council of elders’ chairperson Lucas Chikoti said the elders were happy with Government’s decision to work on the Solwezi-Chingola road and other district roads in North-western province which were already being worked on.
Mr. Chikoti said the people of North Western were happy with the quality of the works as they were of high standard.
He also said plans to construct the North Western railway line would open up the province to development as more investment opportunities will be created.
And President Lungu said the revamping of the cooperatives in the country was the only sure way of enhancing sustainable development as they would help
farmers become more productive.
President Lungu said this yesterday when he commissioned a solar milling plant at Kambazhi Cooperative in Kalumbila district in the North Western Province.
He said he was happy that the presidential initiative to create solar milling plants throughout the country was not mere rhetoric but was already yielding fruits as the price of mealie-meal had reduced in areas where the milling plants were operational.
He said Government was convinced that cooperatives would alleviate challenges such as unemployment especially among the youths and reiterated that his government would continue to promote cooperatives to ensure that maize producing districts benefited from the milling plants.
And Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) Director General James Chirwa said the federation was indebted to President Lungu’s government because successive Governments apart from UNIP had failed to give cooperatives in the country the attention they deserved. Mr. Chirwa said the reduction in the price of mealie-meal in areas where solar milling plants were operational was not accidental but was as a result of the importance Government attached to cooperatives.
He said the price of mealie-meal in areas where milling plants were in operation had reduced by up to 50 percent due to reduced cost of production as the plants were solar powered and did not need electricity to operate.
“In provinces where we have started operations, the price of mealie-meal has reduced by 50 percent.
This is not stage managed by ZCF or any other person but because we have removed two of the costs; the price of electricity and fuel because we are using solar power.
“Transport costs are also eliminated because these facilities are located in areas where maize is being produced,” Mr. Chirwa said.
Meanwhile, chief Mumena thanked President Lungu for opening up a solar milling plant in his chiefdom and his visit to the area saying he was the first president to have visited the place.
He said Zambians cannot talk about wealth creation until the poor were taught how to make wealth.