I remember the last time I went to Chiengi, I mentioned that there is plenty of water here but you the people of Luapula Province are too lazy to exploit this water for irrigation. There is plenty of water, fish has been taken away; are you going to leave this water unattended to?
Levy Mwanawasa (The Post)
The President explaining to the people of Luapula Province why he thinks the province has remained poor. In return the Minister for Luapula, along with some local chiefs, promised to name the new Chembe bridge after him. Unfortunately, such comments only serves to perpetuate stereotypes and seek to hide the real reasons for Luapula's underdevelopment - poor infrastructure and a lack of a proper investment strategy for the province. To his credit, the President is doing something about the former.
Update: The Post Editorial on the issue of the poor and laziness.