Monday, August 05, 2013

Chinese contractor annoys Sata
By Christopher Miti and Joseph Mwenda in Chipata
Sun 21 July 2013, 14:00 CAT

PRESIDENT Michael Sata has threatened to cancel the contract of the tarring of the Chipata-Vubwi awarded to a Chinese contractor after the contractor allegedly lied to him that the works have reached Paramount Chief Mpezeni's palace. And President Sata said the people of Eastern Province are wise but that they have no leadership.

Meanwhile, Mpezeni says President Sata should be given chance to rule and that he has a national key to development. President Sata, who arrived in Chipata after 12:00 hours went straight to check on the progress of the Chipata-Vubwi Road but was shocked to find that the contractor was not on the site.

"Where is Chinaman? What kind of a contractor is this? He leaves the labourers here and goes to play. I am a contractor and as a contractor you don't leave the site. How can you leave equipment alone? Willie Nsanda, we have not run out of contractors just cancel their contract. They lied that they had reached the palace. Is this the palace?" he asked.

President Sata, who was annoyed, told the driver that was found on site to tell his boss to get to Mchini where he was holding the first rally.
At the rally held at Mchini Basic School, President Sata told the Chinese contractor China Jiangxi that he was not serious.

"What are you doing here? Instead of working, you are here eating. If you are not serious you must go back to China. You are just stealing money from the poor Zambians. Get out of here! Go! Just get out and go back to work," Sata shouted at the Chinese contractor as Chipata residents applauded him.

And President Sata urged the people of Chipata Central to vote for PF candidate Lameck Mangani in Thursday's by-election. He said when Mangani left MMD, he appreciated him by giving the province Chadiza and Vubwi roads.

President Sata said PF had only one member of parliament out of the 19 in the province. He said the opposition members of parliament had done nothing in the province.

"Easterners are very good people. That's where wise people come from. Don't vote for PF. Vote the way you always vote. You like suffering. It's up to you whether you want to move together with me because in
Northern, Lusaka, Luapula, Central, Copperbelt they all voted for us," President Sata said.

President Sata said Mangani left MMD government because it was barren and that he went to PF which was not barren. He said he knew all the problems that Chipata was facing.

"The people of Eastern Province were wise during the biblical times but this time this wisdom is gone. You have nice hills but people are not looking good. Children look like old people like me," President Sata said.

He said Mangani should come so that he could change things.
President Sata urged the people of Eastern Province to change.

"At our first meeting, I received 106 defectors and one councillor. They have left MMD. It is up to you to change," he said.

President Sata said because of lack of leadership in the province, people were selling maize in Mozambique and Malawi.

"In Eastern Province we have a railway line which comes from Malawi and we have a bicycle factory. There are so many things that can be done here but need leadership. If you choose a leader here everything will come. Easterners are wise but the leaders like money. I hope Mangani, you have seen how your relatives are suffering," President Sata said.

Meanwhile Mpezeni, who attended the Mpezeni Park Square rally, urged the people to give President Sata chance to rule the country.
He said President Sata was a leader for all Zambians. Mpezeni said his friendship with President Sata started a long time ago.

He urged the people to work with President Sata's government if they wanted development. Earlier, National Revolution party leader Cosmo Mumba urged the people to vote for Mangani. Mumba urged the people not to listen to ABZ leader Frank Bwalya.

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