Monday, December 30, 2013

Sata is not a President of one province, says KK
By Chiwoyu Sinyangwe
Fri 08 Nov. 2013, 14:01 CAT

PRESIDENT Michael Sata is not a president of one province, says Dr Kenneth Kaunda. During the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of a new airport terminal at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport yesterday, Dr Kaunda said President Sata's developmental programmes were touching all parts of the country.

"When we look at what you are doing in Zambia, some people when you started doing things were saying 'he is doing this in that province, that province'," he said. "Now they have seen you are covering the whole country. They have seen you are not a man of one province, you belong to Zambia and Zambia is your own. So, where are they those who think you are discriminating against them? These are men who are sick in thought, word and deed. With you where you are, Zambia is going to succeed."

Dr Kaunda said Zambia would never be the same after President Sata's huge infrastructure programmes come to fruition.

"So I am asking Zambia to stand with you not because you are honouring me here but because what you are doing is bringing life in every corner of Zambia," said Dr Kaunda. "When we look at you Mr President, we are looking at a man with wonderful thoughts for his fellow human beings."

And senior chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II of the Soli people said President Sata needed support as he attempted to revolutionalise Zambia.
"I want to appeal to all Zambians to ask for unity of purpose…I know there could be a lot of people wanting the position of the presidency in this country but it's important for us to give chance to the one the people of Zambia give a mandate at a particular time," she said. "This is my prayer. If we become careless as Zambians, we have seen these situations in other countries; we don't want a situation where ourselves we should be inviting trouble. We have nowhere to go. People come to Zambia because you are peace loving."

Chieftainess Nkomeshya also appealed to President Sata to expedite the establishment of a national airline to "add dignity" to the new international.

"We need a national airline Your Excellency," said chieftainess Nkomeshya.

Towards the end of the programme, President Sata who dictated proceedings called works and supply minister Yamfwa Mukanga, Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao and the representative of China Jiangxi.

President Sata told China Jiangxi's representative: "If you are not going to do the job, these people you have seen here will come after you and you will go faster than they came."

He further told Ambassador Zhou that: "Your excellency, this company has been there for the last 25 years...We have only been in office for two years and so, we did not know…anyway, I am counting on you and not them because you are the best Chinese Ambassador Zambia has ever had in 49 years."

The US$360 million project, which is scheduled to be completed by October 2017 to provide facilities comparative to the best in the region, is expected to create over 2,000 direct jobs during the construction phase.

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