By Nation Reporter
WITH less than a month before Zambia goes to the polls to elect office bearers at Presidential, Parliamentary, local government and mayoral and council chairpersons, campaigns have heated up in Solwezi central.
And over the weekend, all aspiring candidates were subjected to a live debate which was broadcasted live on Muvi TV, Kabangabanga Radio in Solwezi and Kasempa Community Radio station in Kasempa.
Three candidates are vying for the seat among them the immediate past Member of Parliament Dawson Kafwaya on the Patriotic Front ticket, Stafford Mulusa on the United Party for National Development and Monty Mwansa on the Green Party.
However, Mr Kafwaya could not show up citing a busy campaign schedule for his party.
And Mr Mwansa said if elected on August 11, he would ensure that education was prioritised because it was key in national development.
He said there was need to reduce distances to education facilities if children were to be encouraged to go to school.
“So, what we are saying is that we are going to reduce the distances because we have seen it work in other areas. Every five kilometres put up a school and everything required, Mr Mwansa said.
On higher education, Mr Mwansa said, he would not wait to build a University or college because they were capital projects that might take a long time to complete but instead he would upgrade Solwezi Trades Training Institute.
And Mr Mwansa observed that free education for now could not work out in Zambia because the nation’s economy was dependent on copper alone as its major export.
He said in order to broaden the revenue base in the country, there was need to diversify the economy.
And Mr Mulusa said he would not work in isolation in his quest to develop the area but would involve all stakeholders.