PF members of parliament in Kabwe district have fled their constituencies fearing to be lynched by hundreds of youths who they promised employment when the defunct Zambia china Mulungushi textiles factory reopens.
During last month’s Highridge ward by election which was won by PF, Bwacha MP Sydney Mushanga and his Kabwe central counterpart James Kapyanga cheated several youths that they will be employed in the ‘soon to be opened’ Mulungushi textiles.
To hoodwink the youths, the MPs in conjunction with central province deputy permanent secretary Ronald Sinyangwe started registering names and promised that the factory will revamp operations in October under a Tanzanian businessman who signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in July promising to re-open the factory in three months’ time but no activity has since started taking place.
Two weeks away from October, the youths have become impatient and have been frequenting the parliamentarians’ offices at Chitanda house demanding to be given employment letters, forcing the duo to rash to prematurely go to Lusaka waiting for the opening of the National Assembly on 19th September.
And a check at the factory found that no activity has since taken place from the time Mohamed Enterprises Tanzania Limited (METL) signed the MOU. Only armed Zambia National Service soldiers were guarding the dilapidated factory. The soldiers also doubted the possibility of METL reopening the factory.