Friday, December 24, 2010

Western Province wants FDI, says Wamui

Western Province wants FDI, says Wamui
By Chibaula Silwamba in Mongu
Fri 24 Dec. 2010, 04:00 CAT

PEOPLE of Western Province are paranoid because the government does not give them foreign direct investment (FDIs), according to a senior MMD official. Giving a vote of thanks to President Rupiah Banda’s address to the party delegates at the provincial conference, Samuel Wamui said the province wanted FDIs.

In reference to the riotous activities pertaining to the Barotseland Agreement 1964, Wamui said “Western Province suffered from paranoia, a mental disease in which somebody wrongly believed that he or she was hated by others.”

“If I may cite the recent developments in Senanga, Mongu and Limulunga... The province is being denied foreign direct investments especially in major activities such as mines, agriculture and so on and so forth,” Wamui said on Tuesday.

“More often you hear people say, ‘what is happening?’ From time to time we hear a mine is being opened in various parts of the country, cement factory is being opened in this or that area, sugar plantation being opened in area so and so, but nothing for Western Province. It means that we don’t have potential.”

Wamui said those were the problems which people in Western Province were complaining about.

Some people of Western Province have frequently been protesting over underdevelopment and the government’s disregard of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.

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