LUSAKA is developing steadily and is competing with ‘countries’ like Dubai, says Bowman Lusambo.
The Lusaka Province minister said there was economic competition between Lusaka and big cities in the world.
“We are moving steadily to sort out these issues and we have moved very steadily where development is concerned in Lusaka. When we say, when it comes to development we are competing with countries like Dubai and other countries because of the infrastructure development such as roads. The people who come to visit will compare our city to other big cities,” he said. “What we are doing now is that we are doing economic competition against other big provinces and countries within the world.”
Lusambo said Zambians needed to take responsibility for what the government was constructing for them.
“We appeal to the people of Zambia to take care of the infrastructure. We have seen that after constructing drainages at a very high cost, but the people are not taking care of them. They are saying niva boma, boma is not Bowman, boma is not Makebi Zulu, boma is not His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, us we are just the stewards of the people, boma ni banthu [government is the people],” he said.
Meanwhile, Lusambo accused some people of having prayed for drought but that they were shamed that it had started to rains.
“We thank God that God has answered our prayers and shame to those people who were praying that we have drought again this year so that they can use it as a political tool to the people of Zambia. But they are ashamed because God works in his own ways,” he said. “The rains are here and in some parts of Lusaka we had some floods especially at Kabwe and Kafue roundabouts. Those two roundabouts are earmarked for improvement.”
Lusambo was speaking on Radio Phoenix’s Let the People Talk programme on Friday morning.