By Bright Chikele:
OPPOSITION Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) Nkana constituency parliamentary candidate Ernest Mulebi has vowed that no one will stop him from giving back to squatters the land in Mindolo North once elected as Member of Parliament on August 11.
He said he still stood by his promise that once elected as MP next month, he would grab the land from Phoenix Materials company and give it to the squatters in Mindolo North whose illegal structures were demolished in 2014.
Mr Mulebi’s statement comes less than a month after Phoenix Materials managing director Phesto Musonda cautioned him to desist from using ‘‘lies and deceit’’ to get votes from the people of Mindolo North by promising them land which did not belong to them.
But Mr Muleba said there would be no negotiations with anybody over the issue of land in Mindolo North because his role would be to put smiles on the faces of people in the constituency. “I am not scared of anybody, and once again I am vowing that if elected MP on August 11, I will grab land from Phoenix Materials and give it the squatters in Mindolo North whose illegal structures were demolished in 2014. If I am elected MP, no one and nothing, will stop me from giving back the land to squatters in Mindolo North,” he said.
Mr Mulebi said he was promising to put smiles on the faces of people of Nkandabwe, Amro, St. Anthony and other townships by creating jobs, empowering women and youths in various projects so that they could be self-sustaining.
He said he would also introduce free education and address the problem of lack of water by putting up new pipes to improve water supply. “I want to improve the lives of people in Nkandabwe, Amro and St Anthony through job creation, empowering the women and youths. I will also introduce free education.
“Lack of water in these communities will be a thing of the past because new pipes will be put up and water supply will be improved. I will also decongest the city centre by constructing new and modern bus stations,” Mr Mulebi said.
He also said he would improve road, health and education infrastructure. Mr Mulebi said the constituency was facing the challenges of bad roads, poor health and education infrastructure which needed urgent rehabilitation works to improve the welfare of the people in the area.
“There are other challenges of roads, schools and health infrastructure in the constituency. Some roads have been done, but most of them are in bad state and need urgent rehabilitation works. I will also work towards improving the road and health infrastructure in the constituency,” he said.
Mr Mulebi said his desire to stand in Nkana was not to enjoy any benefits which come with being an MP but to work towards improving people’s lives.
“The people who live in various parts of Nkana constituency face different challenges and problems. Some face challenges of access to clean drinking water, others have poor road infrastructure and other problems, hence if I am elected MP, I want to work towards tackling most of these challenges,” he said.