By JAMES KUNDA in Chinsali -
SENIOR Chief Nkula of the Bemba people in Chinsali has appealed to President Edgar Lungu to ignore political detractors and focus on delivering development to the electorate.
The traditional leader said President Lungu should ignore ‘foul-mouthed’ critics and focus on working for the people as a God fearing leader.
He said this on Tuesday when Road Development Agency (RDA) board chairperson Samuel Mukupa and staff called on him at his palace on Tuesday.
“President Lungu should ignore political detractors disparaging his leadership. He has a clear vision for this country, I know his capability very well and I put him in my prayers every day,” the senior chief said.
He said he would not tolerate any politicians thronging his chiefdom to cause confusion.
Meanwhile Chief Nkula also said he is elated with the work that the Road Development Agency (RDA) has put up on the 194 kilometres (km) Safwa – Chinsali – Mulilansolo Road.
He said the road was a busy one as he had allocated farm land to subjects who used the facility as a transit to the market.
“I am very excited to see that the project has gained momentum and I wish to encourage you to continue with the good work,” he said.
The chief said he was also elated with the corporate social responsibility programmes undertaken by Sino Hydro.
Mr Mukupa said the road had been given priority of completion, owing to its economic value.
The road has been divided into two lots, with lot one, a 94 km stretch between Safwa and Chinsali envisaged to gobble up K264 million at the completion of works, being done by Raubex Construction Zambia Limited, currently standing at 27 per cent.
Lot two is a 100 km stretch between Chinsali and Mulilansolo and works are currently at 40 per cent and expected to gobble up K295 million at completion.
Sino Hydro Cooperation Limited of China is the contractor on lot two.