Sata not tribalist, has appointed 10 Tongas as ministers – Munkombwe

Sata not tribalist, has appointed 10 Tongas as ministers – Munkombwe

Chikanta, April 24, 2013, ZANIS-President Micheal Sata has urged the electorate of Southern Province to give him Members of Parliament who belong to his party if the province was to develop, according to ZANIS, a PF government news agency.

And Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe told a huge gathering that attended the meeting that if President Sata was a tribalist, he wouldn’t have appointed the ten Ministers from Southern Province who are currently serving in his government.

And Chief Chikanta thanked President Micheal Sata for appointing Mr. Munkombwe as Southern Province Minister.

Mr Sata cited Livingstone,  which recently gave the ruling party the only PF Member of Parliament in Southern Province,  as one of the areas that was receiving development as a result of having voted for a PF MP.

ZANIS reports from Kalomo that the President was speaking at Chungu palace in Chief Chikanta’s area in Kalomo district today. This was  during the welcoming and appreciation ceremony for Provincial Minister Daniel Munkombwe.

He said Southern Province was capable of feeding the entire Africa and beyond.

The President has further said that opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has continued to mislead the people in the province by alleging that the Patriotic Front government was a Bemba government when ten of his ministers hail from Southern Province.

He cited Commerce Minister Emmanuel Chenda, Lands Minister Wylbur Simusaa and Western Province Member of Parliament Obvious Mwaliteta as being some of the Ministers as some of the ten Tonga Ministers currently saving in his government.

President Sata observed that government will only deliver in those areas where he has PF Members of Parliament.

And Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe told a huge gathering that attended the meeting that if President Sata was a tribalist, he wouldn’t have appointed the ten Ministers from Southern Province who are currently serving in his government.

Mr Munkombwe said President Sata had included Tongas in his government even if they did not vote for him.

And speaking earlier, Chief Chikanta thanked President Micheal Sata for appointing Mr. Munkombwe as Southern Province Minister.

He said Mr Munkombwe will uplift the living standards of the people of Southern Province adding that all the chiefs in the province were in support of the appointment of Mr Munkombwe.

Chief Chikanta said more than 27 chiefs attended the ceremony. He also observed that the province was begging for development in terms of road infrastructure, clinics and to improve the phone network.

And Chieftainess Mwenda of Chikankata district said she was positive Mr Munkombwe would work hand in hand with the President in developing the province.

 

She said Southern Province was one province that had a lot of problems because people were not united. She called upon her fellow Chiefs to help unite the province.

 

”We are facing a lot of problems in this area because we are a province that is not united. Chiefs lets unite. This government is planning to bring development, so its up to us to sit together and unite for the sake of development,” she said.

 

Chieftainess Mwenda noted that government had the problems of the people in the province at heart as it was already considering building palaces for the chiefs.

 

Earlier, President Sata met more than 27 Chiefs who had come to welcome him at the palace.

 

Senior Chief Monze in his welcoming remarks noted that there was no ruler on earth who put himself in power unless by the grace of God. He called upon his fellow chiefs to work with the President who was in power and who was ruling.

 

”We have great respect for the ruler whom God has given us this time. We can talk about the hunger that is looming in this country but only our ruler can do something about it,” he said.

 

He observed that Mr. Munkombwe was a local person who was well vested with the challenges that the people in the province were going through.

 

The President who arrived at Chief Chikanta’s palace aboard a Presidential chopper has since returned to Lusaka.

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