DPP pledges media protection
By Serah Makondetsa:
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice president for the Southern Region, who is also Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa, has promised protection for media practitioners in the country.
Nankhumwa made the remarks during a rally he held in Blantyre at Nyambadwe Primary School Ground Sunday.
He said the government appreciates the work the media practitioners do, further calling on all people in the country to work together with the media.
“We want you to know that we appreciate the work that you do. During the term of President Peter Mutharika, no journalist has been arrested; this shows that we appreciate the work that you are doing. However, in your line of duty, make sure you report responsibly because people out there look up to you in terms of news,” he said.
In his speech, Nankhumwa outlined several development projects the party plans for Ndirande.
Among others, Nankhumwa said the government wants to construct a hospital, technical college and multi-storey market.
“The President is aware of the many challenges you are facing here. We will make sure we ease the water problems you face in this area. We are going to fix the Majiga-Zambia Road on which we will put tarmac.
“On the issue of electricity, we know very well that a lot of activities in this area rely on electricity and, as such, we will make sure that we increase the capacity so that people’s livelihoods are improved,” he said.
Minister of Information, Nicholas Dausi, advised politicians to desist from politics of castigation.
“People want development and not talking ill of each other. Some people still think politics is about castigating one another. In this day and age, we have to take to the people development -centred messages. I urge our president that he should remain calm in the midst of all castigations and rude remarks directed at him,” he said.
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