MALOLE PF member of Parliament Christopher Yaluma says he will “punch anyone” accusing him of not having taken development to his constituency, adding that those criticising him are being used by stupid people.
Speaking when he featured on Kasama Radio, Sunday evening, Yaluma bragged that he had achieved and completed a number of developmental projects in Malole to merit re-election next August.
However, a caller, only identified as Mutale, told the lawmaker that the roads were in a deplorable state and that there was no police post, while local residents were subjected to walking long distances just to access basic health services.
But Yaluma, who is also Commerce Trade and Industry Minister, charged that the caller was being used by “stupid people,” who were inciting people to rise against him.
“What road is he talking about? Kayambe road is being worked on. Two weeks ago, the Minister of Finance (Dr Bwalya Ng’andu) released K15 million. Natuchita ifipatala ifingi sana mu Mungwi (I have constructed a lot of health posts in Mungwi). The 650 health centres are almost completed. Right now, there are mini-hospitals. Nali pa Chanda weya last week, pali ulebabepa nawo wine wa party yesu mu local authority. Alebika ka building ati ndekula clinic na Ministry of Health tayaishiba. Ndemweba ati apa pali mini hospital ilefwayika talefwaya ukumfwa. E uyo alentuka abantu ukulemba ifyo pantu nalichita condemn clinic yabo paleisa clinic intuntulu. Talefwaya ukumfwa. (I was at a place called Chanda last week, there is someone who is lying to them, he is also from the party, PF, he is also constructing a clinic. The Ministry of Health is not even aware of it. I told him the land was reserved for a mini-hospital, but he is adamant. He is the one parading people to rise against me just because I condemned a clinic he is constructing),” argued Yaluma.
“Pa Makasa, there is a clinic coming. Malole is a very big constituency so teti aleishiba ifile chitika kumbi ngalefwaya aipushe ama councilor bakwe elaisa pa mwela iyo. Twalibomba sana. I have built so many schools he doesn’t know. I’m nearly everyday talking about Chambishi road. On Tuesday (today), we will be paying contractors to start working on the road. As I speak, now, I deposited 40 pockets of cement to do a school pa Chanda weya. Teshibe efyo alelanda iyo, he’s being used kuli abantu aba tumpa. I will punch them! (Malole is a very big constituency so he can’t know what is happening in other places within the constituency. He should ask his councillors; he doesn’t know what he is talking about; he shouldn’t come to the radio station to castigate me! I am a hard worker. The caller equally doesn’t know what he is talking about, he is being used by stupid people).”
Meanwhile, Justice Minister Given Lubinda asked Malole residents to be patient and give Yaluma an opportunity to work because his constituency was vast.
Lubinda is also in the constituency ahead of the Lukashya by-election to drum up support for PF candidate George Chisanga.