MINISTER of Transport and Communications Geoffrey Lungwangwa says Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata’s visit to Western Province demonstrates politics of distortion and drama, which no-one deserves.
Professor Lungwangwa, who is also Nalikwanda member of Parliament, said Zambians need and deserve politics based on the truth.
Prof Lungwangwa joins other stakeholders, including parliamentarians and civil society organisations, who have taken a swipe at Mr Sata for creating an impression that Western Province is behind his candidature.
“The people of Western Province are smart and able to see clearly that Mr Sata cannot take development there within 90 days. That is drama,” he said.
Prof Lungwangwa was reacting to remarks made by Mr Sata, who visited Western Province last week.
He said the type of politics Mr Sata has continued to practise cannot build the nation.
Prof Lungwangwa said President Banda has taken massive development to the province.
Government recently released K213 billion for the construction of Lukulu, Mwandi, Nakanya, Mayukwayukwa and Sikongo, Libonda, Nangweshi, Mitete and Nalwei high schools in all the districts in Western Province.
Prof Lungwangwa said Government has also constructed basic schools in Western Province at a cost of K98 billion.
In addition, 270 classrooms at the basic school level have been constructed.
Government released another K2 billion for the construction of Shang’ombo hospital, 27 basic schools, K706 billion for the construction of Senanga-Sesheke road and a bridge on the Zambezi River while K1.3 trillion will be spent on the Mongu-Kalabo to Sikongo via Angola and Katunda-Lukulu road.
Prof Lungwangwa said with all this development in the province, Mr Sata cannot stand in front of the people and make a statement that there is no development in the province and that he will take development there within 90 days if voted into office.
He said the people of Western Province are able to see through Mr Sata’s statements and make judgment on his politics of drama, which he is famous for.
Prof Lungwangwa said instead, Mr Sata should acknowledge the development in Western province.
Prof Lungwangwa said Mr Sata should test his popularity in other parts of Western Province where he has not been. There are 17 constituencies in the province.
He said MMD is intact and strong in all the 17 constituencies in Western Province