PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says there is need for people to hold their leaders accountable for their actions if the country is to develop as leaders were servants of the people they lead.
And Patriotic Front (PF) deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri has charged that United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema will be shunted into political oblivion once he loses this year’s election.
Speaking when he officially opened the district administration block in Shiwang’andu yesterday, President Lungu said there was need for leaders to work hand in hand with the people who put them in power if meaningful development was to be attained.
He said the unprecedented development that the PF government had recorded in the short time it has been in Government was because it distinguished itself with the people, thereby understanding what they needed.
President Lungu said Government would continue rolling out development to all parts of the country and would not pay attention to detractors who were alleging that government was not doing anything.
He said he would continue to implement all the developmental projects initiated by President Michael Sata (late) such as infrastructure development across the country adding that the completion and opening of the administration block in Shiwanga’andu was a demonstration that his government had not deviated from the developmental agenda of Mr. Santa.
President Lungu also said there was need to exploit the agriculture potential of the Northern region of the country offered by enhancing farming and rearing of livestock.
“There is need for all leaders to work together with the people they are leading. Members of Parliament, councillors, and our traditional leaders need to work with you so that they understand what you need. It is up to you to tell us what you want because we cannot decide for you.
“The PF government has continued with its development agenda and we will not choose whether people voted for us or not but we shall roll out development accordingly. Mr. Sata wanted us to improve the quality of life of our people and initiated these projects and I am here to conclude them and will continue until 2021 when we shall look back and say, how far have we gone from what we found” President Lungu said.
He also inspected the construction works of staff houses and toured the police station which has since been completed.
And Mrs. Phiri charged that the PF will again beat the UPND this year and force Mr. Hichilema into retirement from politics.
She said contrary to the conduct of chiefs in other areas, some traditional leaders from Southern Province had taken a partisan stance as evidenced by the solidarity given to UPND vice president for administration Geoffrey Mwamba when he was arrested where chief Mukuni’s wife allegedly showed a UPND symbol.