PEOPLE of North Western Province should not celebrate UPND victory in the region because the party is not in a position to share the aspirations and expectations of the people, says Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD)
losing mayoral candidate for Solwezi Mark Kalemba.
Mr Kalemba said that the biggest opposition party was on record in Parliament of shooting down the amendment of chapter 12 sections 136 of the Mines and Mineral Act which denied the people of the province direct benefit of the natural resources of the area.
“So now what do they expect this time if the UPND is going to win and if they are going to maintain the same stance? The people of North Western Province are going to remain as poor as they are now although they are putting the blame on the Patriotic Front government,” said Mr Kalemba.
He explained that the issue of how to benefit from the mines anchored on the Mines and Minerals Act which talked about the sharing of the mineral royalties.
“This article is very critical in the development of North Western Province. And when former Solwezi Central MP Lucky Mulusa brought it up in Parliament so that it could be concluded, UPND MPs, who were in majority, opposed it,” he said.
He said FDD was convinced that the Members of Parliament and councillors that won on the UPND ticket in the province would not be able to articulate and address the issues of development because they lacked the ability and competence to address such issues.
The region was likely to remain behind in terms of development because the lawmakers and civic leaders may not be able to address the challenges the people in the province were faced with.
“The selection was done poorly and even the winning has been based on the party lines not on the competence and the ability of a candidate,’’ he said.