Speaking to residents of Kasomekera and neighbouring villages on Saturday after visiting the K80, 000 bridge construction, Banda said the president doesn’t want parliamentarian to sit idle but to be in contact with the people to see the problems they are facing so that government can come in to help, as per promise.
“We promised during campaigns that you tell us what you need and you where mentioning bridges, water points and many more and today you are witnessing the progress of your long desired bridge being constructed. On water, so far we have drilled about 13 boreholes in about 5 wards and we are still coming and this bridge and water points resources are from our pockets not from government or council,” Banda who is also Minister of Tourism said.
He expressed happiness that the community was very supportive in ensuring that they played their role is realising the construction of the bridge.
“I wish to thank you because on our own we can’t do anything, but your commitment to this development excites me a lot. Look, let no one say that Lungu is a liar, president Lungu is on development no wonder we are being sent by him to come and see what people are suffering of so that we can take rightful steps to address those problems. That is the reason why we are frequently seen to understand your problems. So let’s unite and cooperate for the benefit of ourselves”said Banda
And headman Kasomekera Chailani Banda hailed the parliamentarian and his government for providing a crossing point as it had affected them negatively during the rainy season.
“We are so happy for this. This problem was preventing our children from accessing education but we are now hopeful that the 130 plus children will be able to cross and learn at Chokato school. To be frank Bwana MP mwapulumusa Miyoyo yambiri ndi bridge Iyi mwatipangila. Telo tingoti ambuye akudaliseni (you have saved a lot of lives with this bridge, may God bless you) “said Chailani.
And District secretary Best Mwanza told the gathering at the bridge sight that the construction cost about K80, 000 from Banda’s pocket.
The parliamentarian visited several projects in the area such as the Chikwalamba Bridge which is under reconstruction, Kapungwe Bridge and visited Kapungwe Secondary school construction sight.
And in interview after the day tour, the Minister said he wanted to work on projects that would stay in operation for along time.
“We promised to work for the people and these personal sacrifices are some of the indicators that we are committed to foster development, we come in to supplement government efforts because communities don’t understand government process of acquiring monies, so while waiting for government we better start acting because that is what we were voted for, to be creative. I desire to have 30 boreholes from my pocket plus those from the council and government,” said Banda.
Meanwhile Chieftainess Nyanje’s husband Pakeni Tembo thanked Banda for paying a courtesy call on the palace despite the traditional leader not being available.
“Am very happy that we have meet. We hear that you are doing this and that in your area and that is quiet good, keep up the work as that is your duty,” he said.