Saturday, November 02, 2013

Sata's Parliament speech was hollow - Kalima
By Tilyenji Mwanza and Moses Kuwema
Sat 05 Oct. 2013, 14:00 CAT

KASENENGWA MMD member of parliament Victoria Kalima has charged that the presidential speech was hollow, sub-standard and full of inconsistencies.

But Central Province minister Obvious Mwaliteta said the speech highlighted a number of developmental projects that were taking place across the country.

Meanwhile, Katombora UPND member of parliament Derrick Livune says people teaching in community schools are grade nine failures.

Debating the presidential speech on Wednesday, Kalima said President Michael Sata's speech was empty.

"The speech was empty, it was hollow and inconsistent. The President failed to indicate when Chalimbana and Palabana universities will be completed. The President also failed to state what the government's policy is on basic schools," she said.

Kalima said President Sata also made empty pronouncements on the health sector because the country still had shortages of essential drugs such as ARVs and BCG.

And Kalima said President Sata failed to take advantage of the platform to explain the removal of subsidies.

She further condemned the in-fighting in the PF and begged them to put their house in order.

"The PF have realised that the opposition are peaceful and they are now fighting amongst themselves. I am even wondering why I am talking now because the people I am talking to are supposed to be dead according to one of the ministers. Stop the fighting, stop the hatred, stop the tribalism," said Kalima.

But Mwaliteta, who is also Kafue PF member of parliament, said President Sata explained a number of developmental projects that were taking place under the PF.

He said a number of rural roads across the country were being upgraded.
Mwaliteta further said a feasibility study for the Mumbwa-Itezhi Tezhi road had been done.

And Livune urged the government to consider giving a salary to community schools in order to attract qualified teachers.

"In Kazungula... children are being taught by a grade nine failure in a school made of mud. What I am suggesting is include a salary to community schools so that they can attract eligible teachers," said Livune.

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