Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MMD left people hopeless - Mubukwanu
By Misheck Wangwe in Solwezi
Fri 31 Jan. 2014, 14:00 CAT

THE previous MMD government left people in a very hopeless situation and no meaningful Zambian would like to be associated with them, says North-Western Province minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu.

In an interview in Solwezi yesterday, Mubukwanu said President Michael Sata's PF administration had rekindled the hopes of many people with infrastructure development taking shape and the serious strides being made to reduce the high levels of poverty.

He said there was no doubt that Zambians would give President Sata and the PF another term in 2016 because of the selfless leadership that he had demonstrated in the promotion of human integral development.

"Many people here feel the PF should have come earlier than the MMD, saying things could have been different by now. The previous MMD government is to blame for the sufferings people have experienced for many years. It's today in the PF administration that infrastructure development is feasible, the Solwezi-Chingola road will be worked on, schools and hospitals are being built and people are being given opportunities of empowerment," Mubukwanu said.

He said the mining sector had continued to make positive impact on the growth of both the local the national economy and in job creation for the people.

"The mining sector continues to be our mainstay - the three largest mines, Barrick Gold Lumwana Mine, Kansanshi mine for First Quantum Minerals, Kalumbila in Solwezi West, which is expected to be commissioned mid this year and many others," Mubukwanu said.

He said 5,000 housing units would be put up by FQMO and which would also build a central business district within the mining town.

Mubukwanu said in agriculture, the province had performed exceptionally well in maize, pineapple and other agricultural products.

He said the government was at the same time promoting diversification from crop agriculture to livestock through the livestock breeding centres that had been put up in Kanyama and Jiwundu both in Mwinilunga district.

Mubukwanu said in Kanyama, the breeding centre had been restocked with animals and the government had already spent K1.9 million.
Mubukwanu said the government was also constructing a regional veterinary laboratory at a cost of K3.5 million meant to curb livestock diseases.

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