The UNITED PARTY for NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (UPND) is demonstrating how it is going to run the local government in the country once it assumes office next year at Kalumbila council in North Western Province.
The party is fully in charge of the country’s richest local authority at Kalumbila, home to Kalumbila Mine from where it derives its name from the district and holds one of the biggest copper deposits in the world.
Addressing councillors and some party officials yesterday May 24, 2020; UPND Local Government and Housing deputy chairperson Brian Ndumba said the party was proud of its initiated developmental projects at the council.
Mr Ndumba said UPND was standing on three facets for 2021 elections i.e. vote big, vote protection and turning around the economy.
He challenged councillors to implement locally driven strategies to ensure that people vote big and protect the vote, but leave the third facet of tuning around the economy to UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and his team.
Mr Ndumba appealed to the people of Kalumbila to continue respecting their area Member of Parliament Teddy Kasonso despite him having gone against the party directives on the PF sponsored infamous Bill 10.
Mr Ndumba said it would be wrong to mistreat Mr Kasonso saying two wrongs do not make a right.
“If Honourable Kasonso went the wrong way, we need to show him the right way,” he said.
“The MP for Solwezi West remains Honourable Kasonso, so we shall do well to accord him the respect he deserves. He has the mandate to serve the people of Solwezi West from 2016 until parliament dissolved in 2021. Two wrongs do not make a right, therefore if he went the wrong way, let us show him the right way,” Mr Ndumba said.
“As a constituency we cannot go on radio and speak disrespectfully about our Member of Parliament; we are one family. As a party forming government next year, let us have order please. Mr Kasonso has people who superintend over him to settle the matter amicably,” added Mr Ndumba.
And Kalumbila Council Chairperson Olix Kakwata, who is Vice President of the Local Govenment Association of Zambia and at the same time president of councillors in North Western province, said UPND run councils across the country face similar challenges in terms of hiring labour.
“The challenge UPND run councils are facing is that officials being employed are sent in by the Local Government Service Commissioner. Shockingly, even somebody to plant and water flowers was transferred from elsewhere to Solwezi council. The Patriotic Front is doing this deliberate knowing that the UPND is in opposition. In 2021 they want to come and point to such as failure by our party to employ local people in our councils.” said Mr Kakwata.
Earlier, Provincial Chairperson Colonel Grandson Katambi praised Lumwana ward councillor, Brenda Chishika Mulopu (Mrs) for her outstanding leadership.
Mr Ndumba cited PUMULO, a young female UPND Councillor in Nalolo district as an example of strong women who has resisted to join the PF and has continued to serve her people in a district where Vice President Inonge Wina hails from. Her integrity and level of commitment is outstanding.
Mr Ndumba said the party is generally happy with its female elected representatives who have made a difference in civic leadership unlike some unprincipled men who have opted to be bought like commodities of low value on a common market.
He said the party is very proud of its councillors at Kalumbila Council who have remained loyal to the UPND.
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