Vincent Mwale says Edgar Lungu has delivered a lot of development within a short period of time and that he will perform wonders once given a third term of office.
Mwale, who is infrastructure development minister and Chipangali member of parliament, says Eastern Province and other parts of the country have seen a lot of development under Edgar.
What development has Edgar brought? Development without developing the people!
Development should be a process that creates growth, progress, positive change or the addition of physical, economic, environmental, social and demographic components.
The purpose of development should result in a rise in the level and quality of life of the population, and the creation or expansion of income and employment opportunities, without damaging the resources of the environment.
Development should be visible and useful, not necessarily immediately, and should include an aspect of quality change and the creation of conditions for a continuation of that change.
There’s need to bear in mind that a number of projects Edgar has undertaken at a very high or exaggerated cost have not necessarily led to a rise in the level and quality of life for the great majority of the Zambian people. There’s need to place an emphasis on specific policies that would channel resources and enable social and economic mobility for various layers of Zambians.
Development should be a tool for enabling people to reach the highest level of their ability, through granting freedom of action, i.e., freedom of economic, social and family actions, and so on and so forth. And this is the basis for the measurement of development by the HDI (Human Development Index), which was developed by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in 1990.
What development can one meaningfully say Edgar has brought when the country is still lingering in abject poverty with 76.6 per cent rural poverty? How can one say Edgar has brought development when we still have poverty levels of 82.2 per cent in Western Province, 81.1 per cent in Luapula Province, 79.7 per cent in Northern Province, 70 per cent in Eastern Province and 69.3 per cent in Muchinga Province?
With these very high poverty levels, we ask: where has Edgar’s development reduced poverty and where has that reduction in poverty levels taken place?
What is needed is the promotion of sustainable development, which believes in growth and development in order to raise the standard of living for our people today, through relating to the needs of environmental resources and the coming generations of citizens of our country.