We will vote for UPND – Solwezi Chief

Some of the giant mines in Northwestern province

Some of the giant mines in Northwestern province

A traditional ruler in Solwezi district says he is encouraging people to vote for the opposition in the parliamentary bye-election set for next Thursday.
The Chief, who asked for his name to be withheld, told the Watchdog that the people in the area are unhappy with government for not giving mining jobs to local people.
He said that the government is boasting that it has taken development to Northwestern province when the truth is that almost all the jobs are given to people from other provinces.
The chief said that he, and other people in the area, has made several appeals to government to give jobs to locals but that government does not care.
He said that while top management jobs are taken by foreigners from outside the country, middle management and even casual jobs are taken by people from the Copperbelt.
The chief lamented that the only thing his people have received from new mining activities ‘is AIDS’.
He said prostitution has soured in the province due to mining activities which local people do not benefit.
He said that even supplying materials to mining is given to people from Lusaka and Copperbelt thereby sidelining the local people whose land has been taken to pave way for the mines.
The chief therefore advised the people to vote for the UPND candidate in the bye-election as a protes.
He said voting for the MMD will be justifying the sidelining of local people the mining industry which government says is booming.

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