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FULL SPEECH: Lungu opens PF Conference

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President Edgar Lungu has officially opened the Patriotic Front (PF) Conference in the capital today.

Read his full address below:

ADDRESS BY

HIS EXCELLENCY, DR EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU,
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA AND
PATRIOTIC FRONT PRESIDENT TO THE VIRTUAL

PARTY NATIONAL CONFERENCE
SATURDAY, 10 TH APRIL, 2021

STATE HOUSE
LUSAKA

· HER HONOUR, MRS INONGE MUTUKWA WINA, MP,
VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA;

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· THE PATRIOTIC FRONT NATIONAL SECRETARY, MR
DAVIES MWILA;
· THE PATRIOTIC FRONT NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, MR
NG’ONGA MUKUPA;
· THE PATRIOTIC FRONT MEMBERS OF THE
CENTRAL COMMITTEE;
· CABINET MINISTERS;
· MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
· ALL MEMBERS OF THE PATRIOTIC FRONT;
· INVITED OPPOSITION PARTY LEADERS;
· MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS;
· DISTINGUISHED INVITED GUESTS;
· DISTINGUISHED OBSERVERS;
· LADIES AND GENTLEMEN;
GOOD MORNING.
FIRST OF ALL, LET ME START BY THANKING MY WIFE,
ESTHER, FOR HER LOVE AND SUPPORT; AND MY
CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN FOR THEIR
UNDERSTANDING AND PERSEVERENCE.
I WANT TO PAY GLOWING TRIBUTE TO MADAM INONGE
MUTUKWA WINA, FOR NOT JUST BEING THE FIRST
FEMALE VICE PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA, BUT FOR

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CONTINUALLY PROVIDING WISE COUNSEL TO ME
SINCE MY ELECTION AS PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF ZAMBIA IN 2015.
MRS WINA’S LOYALTY AND SUPPORT TO ME,
PERSONALLY, AND TO MY OFFICE, COLLECTIVELY IS
UNDOUBTED. HER RESILIENCE AND WISDOM IS
ADMIRABLE, WHETHER IN PARLIAMENT OR CABINET
AND I AM PROUD OF YOU MUM THAT WE HAVE
TRAVERSED THIS DIFFICULT JOURNEY TOGETHER.
AND I SAY DIFFICULT JOURNEY BECAUSE THE ROAD
TO REACH WHERE WE HAVE REACHED HAS NOT BEEN
EASY. THROUGH UPS AND DOWNS, YOU MY
COLLEAGUES AND I HAVE SOLDIERED ON TOGETHER
WITH A COMMON PURPOSE OF WORKING FOR OUR
PEOPLE WITHOUT LEAVING ANYONE BEHIND.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, PATRIOTIC FRONT
MEMBERS,
SIX YEARS AGO, DURING MY SWEARING IN CEREMONY
AS THE SIXTH REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT I MADE
SEVERAL VOWS WITH THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE, AMONG
THEM THAT WE SHALL CONTINUE BUILDING ALL THE
SOCIO-ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
PLANNED UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR ICONIC
LEADER, PRESIDENT MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA.

COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, FELLOW MEMBERS OF
THE PATRIOTIC FRONT,

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IT’S OVER SIX YEARS AGO SINCE WE LOST PRESIDENT
SATA, A GREAT SON OF ZAMBIA, AND WE GREATLY
MISS HIM. THE DAYS SHORTLY AFTER HIS DEMISE
WERE WORRYING BECAUSE WE SEEMED TO HAVE
BEEN IN DANGER OF LOSING OUR WAY DUE TO
LEADERSHIP WRANGLES.
DEVELOPING OUR COUNTRY WAS THE MAINSTAY OF
PRESIDENT SATA’S VISION, AND WE, HIS FOLLOWERS,
SHARED THAT VISION AND THAT WAS WHY WE JOINED
THE PATRIOTIC FRONT. BUT THE DEATH OF MR SATA,
IN 2014, THREE YEARS AFTER FORMING
GOVERNMENT, PORTENDED THE DEATH OF THIS
VISION ALL BECAUSE IN-FIGHTING SUDDENLY
ENGULFED US. BUT THEN THE ALMIGHTY GOD HAD HIS
OWN PLANS, AND DESPITE THESE EARLY FIGHTS WE
QUICKLY REGROUPED AND FOCUSSED ON WINNING
THE RESULTANT PRESIDENTIAL BY-ELECTION.
AND YOU, THE PARTY MEMBERS AGREED TO ALLOW
ME LEAD YOU TO THE PROMISED LAND. FOR THAT, MY
LOVE FOR YOU ALL WILL NEVER DIMINISH. WITHIN
THREE MONTHS, WE CAMPAIGNED WITH LIMITED
RESOURCES AND STILL WON THE 2015 ELECTIONS.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, FELLOW PATRIOTIC
FRONT MEMBERS,
AS A PEOPLE, WE LEARNT A LOT FROM THE DEMISE
OF PRESIDENT SATA TO THE EXTENT THAT THE
CONSTITUTION NEEDED AMENDMENT.
AND THE COVENANT I MADE WITH THE ZAMBIAN
PEOPLE DURING MY INAUGURATION IN JANUARY 2015
WAS THAT AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION WOULD BE
MY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. THIS I DID WITHIN A YEAR

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OF MY PRESIDENCY. MY ASSENTING TO THE
CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT BILL IN JANUARY, 2016
WAS A BOLD AND SELFLESS ACT BECAUSE IT CUT THE
PRESIDENTIAL POWERS. BUT IT FURTHER
STRENGTHENED OUR DEMOCRACY.
THE CONSEQUENCE OF THAT ACT WAS THAT TO WIN
THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, A CANDIDATE NEEDED
OVER 50 PER CENT OF THE VALID VOTES CAST. IT
INCLUDED A PROVISION OF A RUNNING MATE TO A
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. THE LAW ALSO GAVE
BIRTH TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT AND THE
COURT OF APPEAL. IT INCLUDED THE
IMPLEMENTATION OF A DEVOLVED SYSTEM OF
GOVERNMENT AND THE GENERAL STRENGTHENING
OF ACCOUNTABILITY AMONG THE VARIOUS ORGANS
OF THE STATE.
ALSO, THERE WERE PERSISTENT CALLS FOR DUAL
CITIZENSHIP, ESPECIALLY FROM PEOPLE IN THE
DIASPORA. THIS IS PROVIDED FOR NOW IN OUR
CONSTITUTION AND WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RETAIN
MANY OF OUR PEOPLE WE HAD LOST TO OTHER
COUNTRIES.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN,
THE CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT BILL ALSO REMOVED
THE UNCERTAINTY ASSOCIATED WITH THE DATE OF
ELECTIONS. THIS IS WHY THE ELECTIONS THIS YEAR
WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, 12 TH AUGUST.
IN THE SAME VEIN, ZAMBIANS WOULD KNOW IN
ADVANCE WHO THE SUCCESSOR WOULD BE, SHOULD
THE OFFICE OF THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT FALL
VACANT FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER. FURTHER,

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THE PARENTAGE CLAUSE, WHICH DISCRIMINATED
AGAINST SOME OF OUR CITIZENS WHEN IT CAME TO
ASPIRING TO THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND, WAS
REMOVED. ALL PROGRESSIVE CLAUSES SUCH AS THE
FIFTY PLUS ONE, THE PRESIDENTIAL RUNNING MATE,
THE DATE OF GENERAL ELECTIONS AND DUAL
CITIZENSHIP WERE PASSED THROUGH PARLIAMENT,
AND WITHOUT A REFERENDUM.
I DID THIS WITHOUT TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION
PERSONAL RAMIFICATIONS. I DID THIS FOR THE LOVE
OF MY COUNTRY.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, MEMBERS OF THE
PATRIOTIC FRONT,
THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WERE HELD
UNDER THE AMENDED REPUBLICAN CONSTITUTION.
THE PATRIOTIC FRONT STILL WON THE ELECTIONS,
AND I WAS GIVEN A FIVE-YEAR MANDATE AS
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA.
MY PROMISE TO THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE WAS SOCIO-
ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION, POVERTY REDUCTION,
AND PROMOTION OF MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION OF
ZAMBIANS IN THEIR ECONOMY, AS ENTREPRENEURS
AND WORKERS.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN,
FIVE YEARS DOWN THE LINE WHAT PUTS A SMILE ON
MY FACE WHEN I DRIVE AROUND THE COUNTRY IS THE
DETERMINATION BY OUR PEOPLE TO WORK HARD SO
THAT THEY PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE.

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THAT AMBITION TO REGISTER A COMPANY SO THAT
THEY DO NOT REMAIN EMPLOYEES BUT ACTUALLY
BECOME AN EMPLOYER. THE INNOVATION BY YOUNG
GRADUATES WHO CANNOT BE ABSORBED BY THE
INDUSTRY TO CREATE THEIR OWN COMPANIES. THE
HARD WORK BY ZAMBIAN CONTRACTORS, WORKING
SIDE BY SIDE WITH FOREIGN CONTRACTORS AND
GAINING SKILLS APART FROM EMPLOYING FELLOW
ZAMBIANS. THAT DETERMINATION TO WORK HARD
PUTS A SMILE ON MY FACE BECAUSE IT BRINGS
REWARDS TO THESE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN,
THE NEED TO CREATE JOBS FOR OUR PEOPLE IS
UNDENIABLE, AND MY GOVERNMENT HAS ABSORBED
A HUGE NUMBER OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE
DEFENCE FORCES, THE HEALTH SECTOR, THE
TEACHING SERVICE AND OTHER CIVIL SERVICE
DEPARTMENTS. BUT STILL A LONG LIST OF OUR
YOUNG PEOPLE REMAIN UNABSORBED.
GOVERNMENT, ON THE OTHER HAND, CANNOT
ABSORB ALL OUR PEOPLE. THIS IS WHY MORE
INVESTMENT IS NEEDED IN MANUFACTURING SO THAT
FACTORIES CREATE MORE JOBS FOR OUR PEOPLE.
I HAVE HAD MANY MEETINGS WITH BUSINESSMEN AND
WOMEN AND I HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGING THEM TO
BUILD CAPACITY TO EMPLOY MORE OF OUR PEOPLE. I
SAY THIS WITH THE IMPACT OF THE COVID-19
PANDEMIC ON BUSINESS ON MY MIND.
ARGUABLY THE IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC ON
BUSINESS IS HUGE AND BOTH CONGLOMERATES, AND
SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES HAVE BEEN BADLY
AFFECTED.

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WHILE I WORRY ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE
PANDEMIC ON CONGLOMERATES, I EVEN
COMMISERATE MORE WITH THAT TAXI DRIVER WHOSE
LACK OF BUSINESS HAS A DIRECT IMPACT ON HIS
HOUSEHOLD. THAT RESTAURANT OWNER WHOSE
CLIENTELLE HAS DIMINISHED BECAUSE OF COVID-19,
AND THE NIGHTCLUB AND BAR OWNER, WHO HAS
CLOSED BUSINESS. I AM AWARE THAT MANY OF THEM
DID NOT ACCESS THE MUCH TALKED ABOUT STIMULUS
PACKAGE AND HENCE MY DECISION TO TWEAK THE
COVID-19 PANDEMIC RULES, OPEN BUSINESSES, TO
ALLOW BUSINESS TO RECOVER.
AGAINST FEARS THAT WE NEEDED TO LOCKDOWN THE
COUNTRY THE MOMENT COVID-19 ENGULFED OUR
COUNTRY, I RESISTED THE THOUGHT AND THAT
SAVED BUSINESS. IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE. OUR
FRIENDS IN THE OPPOSITION CRITICISED OUR
POSITION, BUT WE SAVED BUSINESS. TODAY MY
GOVERNMENT IS PRAISED EVEN BY OUR NEIGHBOURS
FOR THE POSITION WE TOOK.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, FELLOW PARTY
MEMBERS,
OUR ASPIRATION AS GOVERNMENT IS UNIVERSAL
HEALTH COVERAGE WHERE ALL OUR PEOPLE HAVE
ACCESS TO QUALITY, AFFORDABLE AND COST-
EFFECTIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES WITHOUT
SUFFERING FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS.

SINCE 2011, THE PATRIOTIC FRONT GOVERNMENT HAS
ATTAINED INDELIBLE MILESTONES IN THE HEALTH

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SECTOR EVIDENCED BY IMPROVEMENTS IN HEALTH
SERVICE DELIVERY.

THE KEY ACHIEVEMENTS INCLUDE:

  1. SERVICE DELIVERY
    MY GOVERNMENT HAS ENHANCED HEALTH
    SERVICE DELIVERY SPANNING PREVENTIVE,
    CURATIVE, REHABILITATIVE AND PALLIATIVE CARE
    SERVICES. UNDER THE PF GOVERNMENT, WE
    HAVE MADE PROGRESS FROM 2013 TO 2018 IN
    REDUCED MATERNAL MORTALITY FROM 75 PER
    1,000 LIVE BIRTHS TO 61 PER 1000 LIVE BIRTHS.
    OVER ONE MILLION PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV ARE
    ON TREATMENT WHILE 90 PER CENT WITH
    TUBERCULOSIS ARE BEING CURED EVERY YEAR.
  2. HUMAN RESOURCES FOR HEALTH
    ABOUT 25,000 HEALTHCARE WORKERS HAVE
    BEEN RECRUITED AND DEPLOYED TO ALL PARTS
    OF THE COUNTRY SINCE 2017 ENHANCING
    HEALTH SERVICE DELIVERY.
  3. HEALTHCARE FINANCING
    IN OUR PURSUIT OF UNIVERSAL HEALTH
    COVERAGE, WE INTRODUCED THE NATIONAL
    HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME IN 2019 WITH
    CURRENTLY 143 HEALTH FACILITIES ACCREDITED,
    OVER 966,000 PRINCIPAL MEMBERS, AND 5.8
    MILLION PEOPLE ELIGIBLE TO ACCESS HEALTH
    SERVICES UNDER THE SCHEME. WE WILL
    CONTINUE IMPROVING ON THE SCHEME AS WE
    CONTINUE ADDRESSING VARIOUS ISSUES OUR

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PEOPLE HAVE BROUGHT OUT REGARDING THE
SCHEME.

  1. HEALTH SECTOR INFRASTRUCTURE
    DEVELOPMENT
    WE HAVE COMPLETED BUILDING 539 HEALTH
    POSTS OUT OF 650 SINCE 2013, AND THEY ARE
    OPERATIONAL.
    THE REMAINING HEALTH POSTS ARE TO BE
    COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. WE HAVE
    BUILT 42 MINI-HOSPITALS AND SINCE 2011,
    CONSTRUCTED 36 DISTRICT HOSPITALS, 29 OF
    THEM ARE OPERATIONAL.
    IN ADDITION, MY GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN
    CONSTRUCTING GENERAL AND SPECIALISED
    HOSPITALS IN THE COUNTRY, AND WE HAVE
    EXPANDED THE LEVY MWANAWASA UNIVERSITY
    TEACHING HOSPITAL FROM A 150 BED HOSPITAL TO
    AN 850 BED HOSPITAL; WE HAVE BUILT CHINSALI
    GENERAL HOSPITAL AND IT IS IN USE; WE HAVE BUILT
    KALINDAWALO GENERAL HOSPITAL IN PETAUKE AND IT
    IS IN USE; WITH SUPPORT OF THE JAPANESE
    GOVERNMENT, WE HAVE UPGRADED URBAN HEALTH
    CENTRES TO HOSPITALS IN CHILENJE, MATERO,
    CHAWAMA, KANYAMA AND CHIPATA IN LUSAKA
    DISTRICT.

WE HAVE DEPLOYED SPECIALISED MEDICAL
PERSONNEL TO THESE HOSPITALS SO THAT HEALTH
SERVICES ARE CLOSER TO THE PEOPLE IN THEIR
COMMUNITIES.

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  1. ESSENTIAL MEDICINES AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES
    MY GOVERNMENT ENACTED THE ZAMBIA
    MEDICINES AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES AGENCY ACT,
    WHICH WILL FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE SUPPLY
    CHAIN MANAGEMENT IN OUR COUNTRY.
    SUPPORTED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION, WE
    INVESTED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STATE
    OF THE ART ZAMBIA MEDICINES REGULATORY
    AUTHORITY QUALITY LABORATORY AND THIS WILL
    ENSURE SAFE AND QUALITY MEDICINES, AND
    MEDICAL SUPPLIES IN OUR COUNTRY.
  2. HEALTH SECURITY
    COVID-19 HAS REMINDED US ABOUT HOW
    CATASTROPHIC PUBLIC HEALTH THREATS AND
    EMERGENCIES CAN BE. WE HAVE SEEN OUR
    SOCIO-ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES DISRUPTED. BUT
    TODAY ZAMBIA STANDS TALL GOING BY THE
    SUCCESSES SCORED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST
    COVID-19. AND WE HAVE ADDED THE COVID-19
    VACCINE TO THE AVAILABLE TOOLS TO PREVENT
    AND MITIGATE THE IMPACT. APART FROM COVID-
    19, MY GOVERNMENT IS AWARE OF THE MANY
    EMERGING AND RE-EMERGING PUBLIC HEALTH
    THREATS WE CONTINUE TO FACE SUCH AS
    CHOLERA, TYPHOID, MALARIA, ANTHRAX, POLIO,
    AND MEASLES.

COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, MY FELLOW MEMBERS
OF THE PATRIOTIC FRONT
I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED IN THE EMPOWERMENT OF
WOMEN AND THE GIRL-CHILD. IN THE LAST SIX YEARS,
I HAVE WORKED PASSIONATELY TO ENSURE WE DO

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BETTER IN MATTERS CONCERNING THE GENDER
AGENDA. MY GOVERNMENT HAS CONTINUED
IMPLEMENTING THE PROGRAMME CALLED
AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH VALUE
CHAIN ENHANCEMENT (KNOWN AS ADVANCE
PROJECT) SINCE 2015 WHICH SEEKS TO EMPOWER
WOMEN.
UNDER THIS PROGRAMME, MY GOVERNMENT HAS
DISTRIBUTED 71 TRACTORS AND VARIOUS
AGRICULTURE EQUIPMENT TO 121 WOMEN LED
COOPERATIVES TO ENSURE INCREASED
PRODUCTIVITY. IN ADDITION, THE MINISTRY HAS
PROVIDED AGRICULTURE AND BUSINESS TRAINING TO
ABOUT 3000 COOPERATIVE MEMBERS AND SECURED
LAND FOR WOMEN-LED COOPERATIVES.
MY GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO CONTINUED TO
COORDINATE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GIRLS
EDUCATION AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND
LIVELIHOODS PROJECT. I BELIEVE THAT GIRLS’
EDUCATION REMAINS THE MOST SUSTAINABLE AND
IMPACTFUL APPROACH TO REDUCING GENDER
INEQUALITY. THE PROJECT IS BEING IMPLEMENTED TO
PROVIDE ACCESS TO SECONDARY EDUCATION FOR
DISADVANTAGED GIRLS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14
AND 21 IN EXTREMELY POOR HOUSEHOLDS WHERE
THE SOCIAL CASH TRANSFER SCHEME OPERATES.
I WANT TO INFORM CITIZENS THAT GOVERNMENT IS
IMPLEMENTING A PROJECT CALLED THE INDIA, BRAZIL
AND SOUTH AFRICA (IBSA) PROJECT THAT SEEKS TO
REDUCE CHILD MARRIAGES. THE PROJECT IS AN
INITIATIVE AIMED AT REDUCING POVERTY AND
ELIMINATING CHILD MARRIAGES IN ZAMBIA. THE
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EDUCATION AND HEALTH STATUS OF THE GIRL-CHILD.
THE PROJECT INCLUDES THE PROVISION OF
SCHOLARSHIPS TO OVER 1000 GIRLS WHO ARE
SURVIVORS OF CHILD MARRIAGES IN CHAMA AND
MPULUNGU DISTRICTS AS A PILOT PROJECT.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, FELLOW PATRIOTIC
FRONT MEMBERS,
IT PAINS ME TO HEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE
UNABLE TO GO TO COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY. THEY
PUT ASIDE THEIR UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE
ACCEPTANCE LETTERS BECAUSE THEY CANNOT
AFFORD TUITION FEES AND OTHER FEES. WE HAVE
LOST GENIUSES IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THIS
EDUCATIONAL GRIDLOCK. THIS IS WHY GOING
FORWARD, I WANT YOU TO HELP ME FIND WAYS OF
REDUCING THESE HIGH EDUCATION FEES SO THAT
OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT DENIED EDUCATION.
EVERY ZAMBIAN MUST BE ENTITLED TO SOME FORM
OF EDUCATION. POVERTY SHOULD NOT CURTAIL
SOMEONE’S DREAM OF EXCELLING IN EDUCATION.
HAVING SAID THAT, I MUST STATE THAT MY
GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN ACCESS TO TERTIARY
EDUCATION TO ANOTHER LEVEL WITH THE
ESTABLISHMENT OF MANY QUALITY EDUCATION
INSTITUTIONS.
BECAUSE OF THIS, DURING THE PF GOVERNMENT’S
TENURE OF OFFICE, WE HAVE SEEN MULTITUDES OF
DIPLOMA AND DEGREE HOLDERS BEING CHURNED
OUT OF INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING.
BECAUSE OF THIS, WE HAVE ALSO SEEN QUALITY

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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION BECAUSE OF WELL
TRAINED TEACHERS.
MY GOVERNMENT’S PASSION FOR A WELL LEARNED
CITIZENRY CAN BE SEE IN THE MANNER THE NUMBERS
OF GOVERNMENT SPONSORED UNIVERSITY
STUDENTS HAVE INCREASED SINCE 2011. IN 2011,
GOVERNMENT SPONSORED 8,847 STUDENTS TO THE
UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA AND 3,871 STUDENTS TO THE
COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY. WE HAVE SINCE
INCREASED THOSE NUMBERS WITH 11,084 GOING TO
THE UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA, AND 8,552 GOING TO THE
COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY IN 2020.
WE HAVE EVEN EXTENDED THIS SPONSORSHIP TO
MULUNGUSHI, KAPASA MAKASA, KWAME NKHRUMAH,
CHALIMBANA, AND MUKUBA UNIVERSITIES. THE TOTAL
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SPONSORED LAST YEAR WAS
23,016 IN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES. GOVERNMENT HAS
FURTHER SECURED MORE INTERNATIONAL
SCHOLARSHIPS FROM 729 IN 2012 TO 1,244 IN 2020.
FOR THIS I THANK ALL NATIONS THAT HAVE
CONTINUED TO EDUCATE OUR CITIZENS, INCLUDING
RUSSIA, CHINA, INDIA, ISRAEL, ALGERIA, MOROCCO,
TUNISIA, EGYPT, CUBA, TURKEY, CYPRUS, SERBIA,
AND PAKISTAN. GOVERNMENT ALSO PAYS SPECIAL
TRIBUTE TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT FOR THE
CHEVENING AND CANON COLLINS SCHOLARSHIPS,
AMONG OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS. UNFORTUNATELY,
SOME OF OUR TRADITIONAL PARTNERS ARE UNABLE
TO OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS DUE TO THE COVID-19
PANDEMIC.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, FELLOW MEMBERS OF
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THE PATRIOTIC FRONT GOVERNMENT HAS CHANGED
THE LANDSCAPE OF THE LABOUR MARKET BY
ENSURING THAT THERE IS SOCIAL JUSTICE ON THE
LABOUR MARKET. WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED
PROGRAMMES AIMED AT PROMOTING THE DECENT
WORK AGENDA WHICH COVERS EMPLOYMENT;
RIGHTS OF WORKERS IN THEIR PLACES OF WORK; AS
WLL AS PROMOTING SOCIAL SECURITY TO REDUCE
RISKS OF VULNERABILITY TO POVERTY AMONG
WORKERS, BOTH IN THE FORMAL AND THE INFORMAL
SECTOR.
SINCE ASSUMING OFFICE, MY GOVERNMENT HAS
PRIORITISED THE NEEDS OF THE EMPLOYMENT AND
LABOUR SECTOR AS DEMONSTRATED BY THE
FOLLOWING ACHIEVEMENTS:

  1. THE ENACTMENT OF THE EMPLOYMENT CODE
    ACT NO. 3 OF 2019
    THIS ACT IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE REGION
    WITH ENHANCED PROVISION THAT PROMOTE
    SOCIAL JUSTICE AND ENSURING MANDATORY
    COMPLIANCE TO DECENT WORK PRINCIPLES.
  2. HARMONIOUS INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
    MY GOVERNMENT HAS ENHANCED SOCIAL
    DIALOGUE WITH OUR TRIPARTITE PARTNERS AS
    EVIDENCED BY THE HARMONIOUS INDUSTRIAL
    RELATIONS IN THE COUNTRY.
    BEING A PRO-POOR GOVERNMENT, WE HAVE
    ENHANCED RELATIONS WITH LABOUR UNIONS
    AND THIS IS SEEN IN THE FACT THAT THERE

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HAVE NEVER WITNESSED MAJOR INDUSTRIAL
UNREST SINCE WE TOOK OFFICE.

  1. PLIGHT OF PENSIONERS
    MY GOVERNMENT HAS IMPROVED
    DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS TO LIQUIDATE
    PENSIONERS’ DUES.
  2. OUTLAW OF CASUALISATION
    MY GOVERNMENT HAS COMPLETELY
    OUTLAWED CASUALISATION UNDER THE
    AMENDED EMPLOYMENT ACT NO.15 OF 2015
    WHICH IS NOW INTERGRATED IN THE
    EMPLOYMENT CODE.
  3. MINIMUM WAGE
    THE PF GOVERNMENT DEVELOPED SECTOR
    BASED MINIMUM WAGES IN 2012 AND
    SUBSEQUENTLY ADJUSTED THEM UPWARDS IN
    2018 FOR SHOP WORKERS, GENERAL ORDER
    AND DOMESTIC WORKERS UNDER MY
    LEADERSHIP. AND FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME,
    MY GOVERNMENT DEVELOPED THE FIRST EVER
    MINIMUM WAGES FOR TRUCK AND BUS DRIVERS
    THROUGH STATUTORY INSTRUMENT NO. 106.
  4. STATUTORY INSTRUMENT FOR COVID-19
    MY GOVERNMENT HAS DEVELOPED STATUTORY
    INSTRUMENT 48 TO CUSHION THE IMPACT OF
    THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON BOTH PUBLIC AND
    PRIVATE SECTOR LABOUR RELATED COSTS.

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I, THEREFORE, WISH TO URGE ALL ZAMBIANS TO
STAND WITH ME AND EFFECTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN
PROTECTING OUR WORKERS FROM EMPLOYERS THAT
ARE ABUSIVE, BE THEY ZAMBIANS OR FOREIGNERS,
WHILE SUPPORTING AND PROTECTING EMPLOYERS
THAT FOLLOW ZAMBIAN LAWS.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, FELLOW PATRIOTIC
FRONT MEMBERS,
ONE OF THE INDUSTRIES BADLY HIT BY THE COVID-19
PANDEMIC IS TOURISM. HOWEVER, MY GOVERNMENT
HAS LEFT PORTS OF ENTRY OPEN WITH STRICT
HEALTH GUIDELINES SO THAT LIFE IS NOT SQUEEZED
OUT OF THE TOURISM INDUSTRY. AT LEAST THIS HAS
LEFT THE HOTEL INDUSTRY BREATHING.
MY GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH
TOUR OPERATORS AS KEY STAKEHOLDERS IN
HELPING GOVERNMENT DRIVE ITS ECONOMIC
AGENDA. WE HAVE ENSURED THE PRESENCE OF A
CONDUCIVE OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENT, INCLUDING
APPROPRIATE POLICIES TO MOTIVATE TOUR
OPERATORS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO
CONTINUE THEIR BUSINESS AND FURTHER, TO
ATTRACT MORE INVESTMENT IN THE TOURISM
SECTOR.
FOLLOWING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, AND MINDFUL
OF THE NEED TO REVIVE THE SECTOR, MY
GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN MEASURES, BY GRANTING
SOME RELIEF PACKAGE TO THE SECTOR. IT IS,
HOWEVER, IMPORTANT THAT TOUR OPERATORS
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AND PROVISIONS AND ASSIST GOVERNMENT IN ITS
QUEST TO PROMOTE DOMESTIC TOURISM BY COMING
UP WITH AFFORDABLE PACKAGES FOR LOCAL
PEOPLE, THE MAJORITY OF WHOM CANNOT AFFORD
EXPENSIVE HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS LOCALLY.
MY GOVERNMENT WILL ENSURE THAT THROUGH
VARIOUS TOURISM ENTERPRISES, ZAMBIANS BEGIN
TO DERIVE MAXIMUM ECONOMIC BENEFITS FROM
SUCH VENTURES AS WILDLIFE IN FORM OF GAME
RANCHES. THE PURPOSE OF THIS STRATEGY IS TO
IMPROVE COMMUNITY LIVELIHOODS, CREATE VALUE
CHAINS AND OVERALL STRENGTHEN WILDLIFE
CONSERVATION THROUGH THE PARTICIPATION OF
CHIEFDOMS IN GAME RANCHING.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, FELLOW PATRIOTIC
FRONT MEMBERS,
ONE SECTOR THAT I AM PROUD OF AND WILL
CONTINUE TO PASSIONATELY SUPPORT IS THE
AGRICULTURE SECTOR.
I SAY THIS BECAUSE I KNOW THE POTENTIAL THIS
SECTOR HAS TO LIBERATE OUR PEOPLE FROM
POVERTY. AND IT HAS ALREADY DONE THAT TO MANY
OF OUR PEASANT FARMERS. I AM ACTUALLY PROUD
THAT OUR PEOPLE APPRECIATE AGRICULTURE MORE
THAN BEFORE. THIS IS BECAUSE OF MY
GOVERNMENT’S POLICIES AND MY PERSONAL
COMMITMENT TO UPLIFT THIS SECTOR.
MY GOVERNMENT HAS ADDRESSED A NUMBER OF
CHALLENGES THAT AFFECTED FARMERS AND OTHER
STAKEHOLDERS IN THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY.
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NUMBER OF ACHIEVEMENTS HAVE BEEN RECORDED,
AND NOTABLE ARE THE FOLLOWING:

  1. THE FARMER INPUT SUPPORT PROGRAMME
  2. MY GOVERNMENT HAS BROKEN A RECORD IN
    THE AREA OF INPUT DISTRIBUTION TO
    FARMERS.
    IT’S THE FIRST ADMINISTRATION IN THE
    HISTORY OF ZAMBIA THAT HAS DISTRIBUTED
    FERTILISER, SEED AND OTHER INPUTS WELL
    BEFORE THE RAINY SEASON. THIS HAS
    DELIGHTED FARMERS, TRADITIONAL LEADERS
    AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS.
  3. ACCELERATING RURAL DEVELOPMENT
    WE INCREASED THE NUMBER OF
    BENEFICIARIES ON THE FARMER INPUT
    SUPPORT PROGRAMME (FISP) FROM 500,000 IN
    THE 2009/2010 FARMING SEASON TO 1000,000
    BENEFICIARIES.
    FOR SEVEN CONSECUTIVE AGRICULTURAL
    SEASONS, THE PF GOVERNMENT HAS
    CONSISTENTLY MAINTAINED 1000,000
    BENEFICIARY FARMERS ON THE PROGRAMME.
    THIS IS A BIG ACHIEVED AND IS UNMATCHED.
  4. CROP DIVERSIFICATION
    IN LINE WITH THE PF GOVERNMENT’S AGENDA
    TO PROMOTE CROP DIVERSIFICATION, THE
    AREA UNDER CROP PRODUCTION HAS BEEN
    EXPANDED FROM 2.4 MILLION HECTARES IN

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2010 TO 2.8 MILLION HECTARES IN 2020. THE
INCREASE IN THE AREA UNDER CROP
PRODUCTION HAS LARGELY BEEN ACHIEVED BY
THE GROWTH IN THE PRODUCTION OF OTHER
CROPS, APART FROM MAIZE.

  1. PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION
    WE ARE ALSO FOCUSED ON PROMOTING
    PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN THE
    DISTRIBUTION OF INPUTS UNDER FISP.
    THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE E-
    VOUCHER, THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASE IN
    PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN THE
    DISTRIBUTION OF INPUTS. THE NUMBER OF
    PARTICIPATING AGRO-DEALERS UNDER FISP
    NOW STANDS AT OVER 1,600, AND PLANS ARE
    UNDERWAY TO INCREASE THIS NUMBER IN
    ORDER TO ENSURE MORE CITIZENS ARE
    EMPOWERED AND PARTICIPATE IN
    AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT.
  2. AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS
    ZAMBIA IS NOW A NET EXPORTER OF MAIZE
    SEED AND IS ALSO INTERNATIONALLY
    RECOGNISED AS ONE OF THE LARGEST
    EXPORTING COUNTRIES ON THE AFRICAN
    CONTINENT. AS A MATTER OF FACT, ZAMBIA IS
    NOW THE THIRD LARGEST NET EXPORTER OF
    SEED IN AFRICA BEHIND SOUTH AFRICA AND
    EGYPT.
    I COULD GO ON AND ON ABOUT OUR
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ALL I AM EXCITED THAT ZAMBIANS ARE FULLY
ENGAGED IN SOME FORM OF AGRICULTURE AT
HOUSEHOLD LEVEL, BE IT HORTICULTURE,
CHICKEN REARING, OR INDEED ANIMAL
HUSBANDRY.

COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, FELLOW PATRIOTIC
FRONT MEMBERS
THE ACQUISITION OF 100 PERCENT OF MOPANI
COPPER MINE AT A TIME WHEN THE WORLD IS
CRAVING FOR COPPER AND COBALT FOR USE IN
ELECTRIC VEHICLES IS A BLESSING FOR ALL
ZAMBIANS.
THIS ASSET GUARANTEES THE NATION TO BENEFIT
GREATLY IN TERMS OF JOBS, TAXES, AND HIGHER
PRODUCTION. AS SHAREHOLDERS, ZAMBIANS ARE
ASSURED OF GREATER DIVIDENDS GOING FORWARD.
MORE JOBS WILL BE CREATED AS MORE COMPANIES
ARE NOW PRODUCING COPPER CABLES AND COPPER
PIPES, ADDING VALUE TO COPPER. MY GOVERNMENT
ALSO NOTES THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF
COMPANIES PROCESSING AND ADDING VALUE TO
MANGANESE PRODUCED IN SERENJE AND
SURROUNDING AREAS.
IN ADDITION, MY GOVERNMENT IS GIVING SUPPORT
AND FORMALISATION OF ARTISANAL AND SMALL-
SCALE MINERS THROUGH EMPOWERING
COOPERATIVES AND ARTISANS WITH EQUIPMENT TO
IMPROVE THE ABILITY TO RECOVER HIGHER
QUANTITIES OF GOLD. MY GOVERNMENT IS ALSO
ISSUING GOLD PANNING CERTIFICATES SO THAT
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GOLD MINING. AND A NUMBER OF COPPER
PROCESSING PLANTS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED IN
KALULUSHI AREA TO PROVIDE SUPPORT SERVICES
FOR SMALL SCALE COPPER PRODUCERS WHO ADD
VALUE AND PROCESS COPPER ORES TO
CONCENTRATES.
FROM THESE DEVELOPMENTS, THE MINING SECTOR
WILL CREATE MORE JOBS, AND THE COUNTRY WILL
BENEFIT FROM REVENUE FROM TAXES.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, FELLOW MEMBERS OF
THE PATRIOTIC FRONT,
I AM TIRED OF SAYING THIS, AND I AM NOT BOASTING,
THAT WHAT WE HAVE DONE TO ZAMBIA IN TERMS OF
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IS UNPARALLELED.
I WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT JOBS A FEW MINUTES
AGO, BUT WHAT I KNOW IS INFRASTRUCTURE
DEVELOPMENT IS NOT JUST BUILDING ROADS AND
BRIDGES, IT IS ACTUALLY ABOUT JOB, JOBS, JOBS.
OUR CRITICS TALK ABOUT “EATING ROADS”, YES YOU
CAN, IF THAT NEW ROAD TAKES YOU TO YOUR
DESTINATION QUICKLY, SAVES YOU TIME, SAVES YOU
FUEL OR TRANSPORT FARES, AND PROTECTS YOUR
VEHICLE. THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE DONE. WE HAVE
TRANSFORMED ZAMBIA WITH ROAD CONSTRUCTION
AND BUILDINGS, AND WE HAVE CREATED THOUSANDS
OF JOBS FOR OUR YOUTH IN CONSTRUCTION.
WE HAVE PRIORITISED INFRASTRUCTURE
DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE IT IS CRITICAL TO THE
INDUSTRIALISATION AGENDA AIMED AT CREATING
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ENHANCING TRADE WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD. AND
WHEN THE CAMPAIGNS ARE IN FULL GEAR
TUKASONTA (WE SHALL POINT AT OUR ACHIEVENTS).
THE KAZUNGULA BRIDGE, BETWEEN ZAMBIA AND
BOTSWANA, IS AMONG THE NEWEST PROJECTS TO BE
COMPLETED, AND I SHALL BE COMMISSIONING IT NEXT
MONTH WITH MY COUNTERPART, HIS EXCELLENCY
PRESIDENT MASISI. IT ADDS TO A LONG LIST OF WHAT
WE HAVE DONE TO RE-BUILD ZAMBIA. LATELY, WE
HAVE SEEN THE REHABILITATION OF THE TURNPIKE-
MAZABUKA ROAD IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE. WE HAVE
SEEN THE REHABILITATION OF THE GREAT EAST ROAD
AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ONE STOP BORDER
POST AT THE MUCHINJI-MWAMI BORDER BETWEEN
ZAMBIA AND MALAWI IN EASTERN PROVINCE.
AND WE ARE NOT STOPPING THERE. SOON TO
COMMENCE IS THE KASOMENO-MWENDA TOLL ROAD
PROJECT IN LUAPULA PROVINCE TO PROVIDE THE
SHORTEST ROUTE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
OF THE CONGO TO THE PORT OF DAR ES SALAAM IN
TANZANIA.
MY GOVERNMENT HAS SCORED MAJOR SUCCESSES IN
DEVELOPING THE AVIATION SECTOR. WE HAVE BUILT
THE NEW KENNETH KAUNDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
HERE IN LUSAKA, WHICH INCLUDES THE UPGRADE OF
THE OLD AIRPORT TO NOW SERVICE DOMESTIC AIR
TRAVEL. AND PART OF THE PROJECT IS THE UPGRADE
OF THE ZAMBIA AIR SERVICES TRAINING INSTITUTE TO
ENSURE IMPROVED TRAINING OF AIR AND GROUND
STAFF IN THE AVIATION SECTOR.
WE HAVE BUILT THE NEW SIMON MWANSA KAPWEPWE
AIRPORT IN NDOLA AND REHABILITATED THE HARRY

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MWAANGA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN LIVINGSTONE.
(THE SIMON MWANSA KAPWEPWE AIRPORT IS SO
BEAUTIFUL THAT PILOTS ARE ALREADY SEEING IT
FROM THE SKY AND WANT TO LAND THERE. WE NEED
TO COMMISSION IT SOON. APART FROM JOB
CREATION, THIS INFRASTRUCTURE WILL PROMOTE
ZAMBIA AS A TOURIST DESTINATION AND WILL SEE
INCREASED TOURIST ARRIVALS.
I INITIATED THE LUSAKA DECONGESTION PROJECT
TOGETHER WITH THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT WHICH
HAS SEEN THE TRANSFORMATION OF LUSAKA WITH
EXPANDED ROADS AND FLY-OVER BRIDGES. WHAT WE
HAVE SEEN IS YET AGAIN UNPRECEDENTED, AND IT IS
VERY DIFFICULT FOR OUR OPPONENTS TO DISPUTE
THE FACT THAT LUSAKA HAS CHANGED, BECAUSE
PEOPLE CAN SEE THIS. WE ARE ON THE WAY TO
DOING THE SAME WITH OTHER CITIES AND TOWNS.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN
THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT MY GOVERNMENT’S HAS
MADE MASSIVE INVESTMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE
FOR POWER GENERATION, TRANSMISSION AND
DISTRIBUTION.
THIS FOLLOWS STALLED INVESTMENTS IN THE POWER
SECTOR SINCE THE SEVENTIES (70S) WHEN THE LAST
MAJOR POWER STATION (KAFUE GORGE UPPER) WAS
CONSTRUCTED, PRIOR TO THE CURRENT
INVESTMENTS. THESE INVESTMENTS IN THE POWER
SECTOR HAVE TAKEN PLACE AGAINST A BACKDROP
OF SOCIAL ECONOMIC CHALLENGES IN THE COUNTRY,
INCLUDING ADVERSE CLIMATIC CHANGES WHICH LED
TO REDUCED POWER GENERATION AT ZESCO’S
MAJOR HYDRO POWER PLANTS.

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SOME OF THE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE POWER
SECTOR INCLUDE:

  1. KAFUE GORGE LOWER POWER PROJECT
    MY ADMINISTRATION, THROUGH THE NATIONAL
    UTILITY COMPANY, ZESCO, IS IN THE PROCESS
    OF COMPLETING A FLAGSHIP KAFUE GORGE
    LOWER HYDROPOWER PROJECT LOCATED 10
    KILOMETRES DOWNSTREAM OF THE CURRENT
    KAFUE GORGE UPPER POWER STATION AT A
    COST OF US$2.3 BILLION. THE 750 MEGA WATTS
    STATION IS EXPECTED TO START SUPPLYING
    POWER TO THE NATIONAL GRID THIS YEAR
    (2021). THIS IS THE LARGEST HYDRO POWER
    STATION OF ITS KIND IN SOUTHERN AFRICA FOR
    OVER THE LAST THREE DECADES AND IS
    EXPECTED TO BE A MAJOR GAME-CHANGER IN
    THE POWER SUPPLY EQUATION OF THIS
    COUNTRY.
  2. ITEZHI-TEZHI POWER STATION
    MY GOVERNMENT PROMOTED A PUBLIC-
    PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP JOINT VENTURE
    BETWEEN ZESCO LIMITED AND TATA POWER OF
    INDIA WHICH RESULTED IN THE CONSTRUCTION
    OF THE 120 MEGA WATTS (MW) ITEZHI-TEZHI
    HYDRO POWER STATION LOCATED IN CENTRAL
    PROVINCE.
    I COMMISSIONED THE PLANT IN MARCH 2016 AT
    A COST OF $245 MILLION.
  3. NEW LUNZUA POWER STATION
    IN 2015, MY GOVERNMENT COMPLETED THE
    CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW LUNZUWA POWER
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THAN ONE MEGA WATT (0.75 MEGA WATT) AND
HAS SINCE BEEN CONNECTED TO THE
NATIONAL GRID. THE COMING ON OF LUNZUWA
POWER STATION HAS IMPROVED THE QUALITY
OF POWER SUPPLY TO MBALA, MPULUNGU,
NKAMBA/KASABA BAY AND SURROUNDING
AREAS INCLUDING THE SUMBAWANGA EXPORT
LINE WHICH INCREASES THE EXPORT
PROSPECTS THE EAST AFRICAN BLOCK
THROUGH NEIGHBOURING TANZANIA.

  1. MUSONDA FALLS HYDRO POWER STATION
    IN AUGUST LAST YEAR, I COMMISSIONED THE
    MUSONDA FALLS IN MWENSE DISTRICT. IT IS AN
    IMPORTANT GENERATING STATION THAT HAS
    BEEN A KEY SOURCE OF STABLE POWER
    SUPPLY TO SEVEN DISTRICTS IN LUAPULA
    PROVINCE NAMELY: CHIENGI, KAWAMBWA,
    MWENSE, CHIPILI, CHEMBE, NCHELENGE AND
    SAMFYA.
    MY GOVERNMENT UPGRADED THE POWER
    STATION FROM 5 MEGA WATTS TO 10 MEGA
    WATTS IN LINE WITH INCREASED SOCIAL AND
    ECONOMIC GROWTH.
    THE UPGRADING OF THIS POWER STATION HAS
    NOT LONELY INCREASED LOCAL POWER
    CAPACITY BUT ALSO REINFORCED RELIABILITY
    OF SUPPLY IN LUAPULA PROVINCE WHICH
    ADDED MUCH NEEDED POWER CAPACITY TO
    THE NATIONAL GRID.
  2. LUSIWASI UPPER HYDRO POWER STATION
    WE HAVE FINISHED CONSTRUCTING THE NEW
    15 MEGA WATT LUSIWASI UPPER HYDRO

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POWER STATION LOCATED NEAR SERENJE IN
CENTRAL PROVINCE AND I WILL COMMISSION IT
TOO.

THE PF GOVERNMENT ALSO COMMISSIONED THE
KARIBA NORTH BANK EXTENSION POWER STATION IN
2013, WHICH INTRODUCED AN EXTRA 360 MEGA WATTS
INTO THE NATIONAL GRID. THIS REPRESENTED THE
LARGEST INJECTION OF POWER INTO THE ZAMBIAN
POWER GRID SINCE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LAST
MAJOR POWER STATION.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN,
IN LINE WITH OUR VISION TO DIVERSIFY GENERATION
MIX TO MITIGATE CLIMATIC CHALLENGES, MY
GOVERNMENT EMBARKED ON DEVELOPMENT OF
RENEWABLE SOLAR POWER AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO
OUR RICH HYDRO POWER RESOURCES. IN
COLLABORATION WITH THE WORLD BANK, WE HAVE
CONSTRUCTED TWO RENEWABLE SOLAR PLANTS IN
THE LUSAKA MULTIFACILITY ECONOMIC ZONE. MY
GOVERNMENT IS ALSO SUPPORTING A 600 MEGA
WATTS RENEWABLE SOLAR PROJECT BETWEEN
ZESCO AND POWERCHINA.
THE TOTAL COST OF THIS PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO
COST US$548 MILLION AND IS EXPECTED BE
COMMISSIONED IN 2022.
WE ARE ALSO SUPPORTING THE GETFIT RENEWABLE
PROJECT IN COLLABORATION WITH THE GERMAN
GOVERNMENT THAT IS EXPECTED TO BRING IN
ANOTHER 120 MEGA WATTS OF COMBINED SOLAR
GENERATION. BETWEEN 2014 TO END OF 2021, THIS
GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE INTRODUCED A TOTAL OF
1350 MW TO THE NATIONAL GRID REPRESENTING 70%
INCREASE ON THE PREVIOUS INSTALLED NATIONAL

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CAPACITY OF APPROXIMATELY 1900 MEGA WATTS AT
A TOTAL COST IN EXCESS OF US$ 3 BILLION.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN,
BEFORE THIS GOVERNMENT CAME INTO POWER,
ELECTRICITY SUPPLY TO LUAPULA, NORTHERN,
EASTERN AND MUCHINGA PROVINCES HAD BECOME
UNRELIABLE DUE TO CAPACITY CONSTRAINTS OF THE
THEN RESTRICTED POWER TRANSMISSION CORRIDOR.
MY GOVERNMENT EMBARKED ON A TOTAL OF 381
KILOMETERS OF TRANSMISSION LINES RESULTING
INTO SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED POWER SUPPLY TO
OUR COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN LOCATED IN THESE
FOUR PROVINCES. THIS GOVERNMENT COMPLETED
THESE IMPORTANT PROJECTS IN 2016 AT A TOTAL
COST OF US$250 MILLION.
THE IMPROVED RELIABILITY AND QUALITY OF SUPPLY
IN ALL FOUR CORNERS OF THE COUNTRY PUTS
ZAMBIA IN A UNIQUE POSITION TO ACHIEVE THE
VISION OF BECOMING THE HUB OF ELECTRICITY
TRADE IN SOUTHERN AFRICAN, EASTERN AFRICA AS
WELL AS CENTRAL AND WESTERN AFRICA.
COUNTRY MEN AND WOMEN,
BEFORE THIS GOVERNMENT CAME INTO POWER, THE
ENTIRE NORTHWESTERN PROVINCE APART FROM
SOLWEZI AND KASEMPA WERE SUPPLIED BY SMALL
DIESEL GENERATORS SINCE INDEPENDENCE WHICH
CONSTRAINED SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY.
I AM GLAD TO REPORT THAT IN 2017, MY
GOVERNMENT, WORKING IN COLLABORATION WITH
THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT, COMPLETED A MAJOR
PROJECT WHICH CONNECTED THE SEVEN DISTRICTS

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OF MWINILUNGA, KABOMPO, MUMBEZHI, MUFUMBWE,
ZAMBEZI, CHAVUMA AND LUKULU (IN WESTERN
PROVINCE) TO THE NATIONAL GRID AT A TOTAL COST
OF US$246 MILLION. THIS DEVELOPMENT HAS
GREATLY BENEFITED OVER 470,000 PEOPLE IN THE
PROVINCE.
BY 2030, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE CONNECTED TO
THE NATIONAL GRID IS EXPECTED TO RISE TO 1.2
MILLION. THIS WILL PROVIDE UNIQUE ECONOMIC
PROSPECTS IN MINING, AGRICULTURE, AND TOURISM
WHICH COULD PREVIOUSLY NOT BE SUPPORTED BY
THE CONSTRAINED POWER SUPPLY IN THE PROVINCE.
I AM ALSO HAPPY TO MENTION THAT MY GOVERNMENT
HAS SPENT A COMBINED TOTAL OF OVER US$100
MILLION TO CONNECT NALOLO, LUANGWA AND THE
NEW DISTRICT OF RUFUNSA.
MY GOVERNMENT IS CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF
CONNECTING LUNDAZI AND CHAMA DISTRICTS, WHICH
ARE CURRENTLY SUPPORTED BY EXPENSIVE AND
UNRELIABLE DIESEL GENERATION WITH QUALITY
POWER FROM THE NATIONAL GRID AT A TOTAL COST
OF US$100 MILLION. WE HAVE ALSO CONNECTED
LUFWANYAMA, MSANZALA, CHASEFU, AND CHIPANGALI
TO THE NATIONAL GRID.
ADDITIONALLY, NEW DISTRIBUTION LINES OR RE-
ENFORCEMENTS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO SUPPLY MORE
POWER TO CHISAMBA (BURNETT) FARM AREAS, INDENI
REFINERY, PARKLANDS-KITWE, LEVY MWANAWASA
STADIUM, HEROES STADIUM AND SURROUNDING
AREAS, NEW CHALALA LINE, MPIKA –KANCHIBIYA
AREA, MONZE TO MONZE NORTH, MUZUMA-KOZO,
KASAMATO KACHUMU, MPOROKOSO TO MBERESHI,
MUFUMBWE TO KABOMPO AND CHAVUMA, ZAMBEZI,

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MWINILUNGA, IKELENGE AND OTHERS TOO
NUMEROUS TO MENTION.
MY GOVERNMENT IS ACTIVELY COLLABORATING WITH
COOPERATING PARTNERS TO INTRODUCE
TRANSMISSION INTERCONNECTORS BETWEEN ZAMBIA
AND TANZANIA, ZAMBIA AND ANGOLA, ZAMBIA AND
CONGO, ZAMBIA AND MALAWI, ZAMBIA AND
MOZAMBIQUE AS WELL AS REINFORCE
INTERCONNECTORS TO ZIMBABWE, BOTSWANA AND
SOUTH AFRICA.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, FELLOW MEMBERS OF
THE PATRIOTIC FRONT,
ONLY A GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO SERVE ITS
PEOPLE CAN PERFORM SUCH WONDERS.
COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, FELLOW MEMBERS OF
THE PATRIOTIC FRONT,
WHEN I WAS INAUGURATED AS THE SIXTH PRESIDENT
OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, I NEVER SAID IT WOULD
BE AN EASY ROAD TO TRAVEL. I KNEW THE
CHALLENGES THAT LAY AHEAD BUT I WAS CONFIDENT
THAT TOGETHER WITH YOU, IT WOULD NOT BE A
LONELY PATH TO TRAVEL. THAT TOGETHER WITH YOU
WE SHALL NOT BE DESTRACTED BY DIVISIVE TALK
AND CYNICISM. THAT TOGETHER WITH YOU, WE SHALL
OPEN MANY OTHER DOORS WHEN ONE DOOR IS
CLOSED.
LET US FORGE AHEAD TOGETHER AND NEGOTIATE
THE CHALLENGES THAT HAUNT US SUCH AS POVERTY,
CLIMATE CHANGE, AND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. WE
MUST NOT BE DISTRACTED BY REGIONALISM OR BE
ON EACH OTHERS NECK BECAUSE OF POLITICS.

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INSTEAD WE MUST UNITE AS ONE PEOPLE AND FORGE
AHEAD.
LET ME END BY THANKING YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT,
LOYALTY AND OPTIMISM IN OUR DREAMS AS A NATION.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE WHOLE PATRIOTIC
FRONT FAMILY FOR THE SUPPORT. AND MOST OF ALL,
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE REST OF THE ZAMBIAN
FAMILY FOR GIVING ME A CHANCE TO PRESIDE ON
THIS NATION. LASTLY, I THANK GOD, THE ALMIGHTY
FOR GIVING ME GOOD HEALTH AND LIFE. WE ARE
SURELY BLESSED AS A COUNTRY. I NOW DECLARE
THE PATRIOTIC FRONT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
OFFICIALLY OPENED.
GOD BLESS YOU, GOD BLESS ZAMBIA. I THANK YOU.

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