President Hakainde Hichilema has urged Zambians to embrace the culture of hard work to ensure that the country’s economic status is improved.
President Hichilema said when he met the clergy In Copperbelt Province in Chingola today that government is committed to fostering development in critical areas which will allow the country to boost the economy from its low level.
Mr Hichilema noted that leadership is critical in developing the country to the highest level as most countries, which are even smaller than Zambia, have managed to develop and improved their citizens’ lives through having prudent management.
The President has further appealed to Zambia to attach a premium on leadership that they put in place to govern them in order to ensure that the country is counted among the best in development.
“Government is committed to provide leadership that will ensure that the country is raised from bottom to the highest level in development,” Mr Hichilema said.
He said his government will do something different and ensure that his team works hard to place the country where it deserves to be economically.
President Hichilema further pointed out that the country can only achieve economic development if all citizens apply themselves to working hard.
“Let us direct the country in the direction of hard work, honesty, and differentiating public property from private so that there is no abuse,” he said.
The President said economic development should be the top priority for the government to meet the social needs of the people.
President Hichilema stated that government will work on the damaged roads in the province to speed up the economic development.
He said it is not gladdening to finds the same challenge of bad roads each time he visits the Copperbelt province.
The roads which he said government will work on are Ndola-Mufulira, Ndola-Lusaka, Kipushi, Izhimbe in Ikelengi district, and the Chadiza-Chipata using the public private partnership (PPP) arrangement.
The President told the gathering that government will also maintain the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation to uphold the moral principles and values of the country.
He also reiterated that government will not support gays and lesbians as it is against the country’s constitution and against Christian values.
And President Hichilema has called for unity among Zambians saying no one should preach about discrimination because the Zambia has many ethnic groups.
Meanwhile, Mr Hichilema assured the people that farming inputs for this year will be delivered on time as government was last year screening some suppliers that were given contracts but failed to supply the commodity.
And Secretary for Chingola Council of Elders, John Lumbwe, has appealed to government to consider recapitalising the Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia (NCZ) industry in Kafue for it to start the producing urea fertiliser and revitalise the nitric acid plants.
Reverend Lumbwe said recapitalising NCZ will make the company a major player in fertiliser production and distribution.
He said although NCZ will be contracted to supply the 43,292.70 metric tonnes of D-compound fertilizer, this amount is still too low for the capacity of the company.
“NCZ’s capacity was built to feed the Southern African region with fertiliser. We pray for the government in power to revitalise the same vision,” he said.
Rev. Lumbwe has meanwhile observed that although the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) is offloading cheaper maize to millers, the benefit is not trickling down to the consumers at household level.
“There seems to be quite some serious seepage somewhere that disguise that maize is being offloaded to the millers,” he said.
Rev. Lumbwe pointed out that the cost of living is too high as most people are failing to afford mealie meal which is selling at around K200 per 25 kilogram bag in some areas in the Copperbelt province.
And Bishop Joseph Kazhila of The Life Cathedral Church in Chingola thanked government for maintaining the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation.
Bishop Kazhila noted that peace is cardinal for the country to achieve economic development and that the church wants the country to be united.