STATEMENT BY HON. KENNEDY SAKENI, MP, MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES ON ALLEGATIONS BY ADD LEADER CHARLES MILUPI THAT THE PF GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED TO DELIVER ON ITS PROMISES
It is day dreaming for ADD leader Charles Milupi to assume that the PF Government has lost popularity because of its alleged failure to fulfil campaign promises.
Mr Milupi says he was making this statement from Katete in Eastern Province and that his interaction with the people in the Province showed that they were dissatisfied with the PF Government.
But Mr Milupi deliberately ignored to mention the fact that PF has gained popularity in Eastern Province since last year’s general elections. The PF now has a parliamentary seat in Eastern Province where it did not get any seat in last year’s tripartite elections.
This is a sign of the confidence the people of Eastern Province and the country at large, have in the PF Government under the leadership of His Excellency President Michael Chilufya Sata.
The fact of the matter is that PF’s popularity is nationwide. That is why it won last year’s tripartite elections with a resounding mandate from the people of Zambia. But opportunists like Mr Milupi cannot acknowledge this for obvious reasons.
The PF Government has a five year mandate and it has so far done less than a year. It is therefore cheap politicking for Mr Milupi to expect the PF Government to deliver all its election promises in less than a year it has been in office.
Contrary to Mr Milupi’s baseless allegations, the PF Government is on course to deliver development to the people of Zambia in accordance with its promises and programmes.
We promised to deliver a people-driven Constitution within the shortest time possible. True to our commitment, a Technical Committee Drafting the Republican Constitution, has released the first Draft which has been distributed to all parts of the country for public comment and scrutiny. We are confident that sooner than later, Zambians will come up with a new Constitution they will proudly call their own and which will stand the test of time.
This Governnment has deepened and widened the fight against corruption so that the country’s resources do not end up in the pockets of a greedy few. We have since restored the Abuse of Office Clause in the ACC Act which the previous Government had removed at the height of their loot and plunder of public resources.
As a result, during the past 11 months of the PF Administration, there has been renewed and sustained donor confidence which had waned following the wanton plunder of public resources during the MMD rule.
We have increased the pace of devolving power from the centre to the people, as enshrined in our Constitution. This can be seen in the creation of the 10th Province (Muchinga), and several new districts around the country.
Our commitment to gender parity is unprecedented as can be seen in the landmark appointments of the womenfolk to high and influential positions in the Public Service and other sectors of the country.
As for Eastern Province where Mr Milupi claims to have been speaking from, only last Saturday, President Sata, through Finance Minister Hon. Alexander Chikwanda, announced a massive roll-out of a developmental master plan for the Province which will see the PF Government spend over K567 billion on infrastructure projects.
From the foregoing, it is clear that this Government is on the right path to deliver to the people of Zambia and will not allow itself to be derailed or delayed by the likes of Mr Milupi who have no agenda for this country.
Hon. Kennedy Sakeni, MP MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES
29th August, 2012