Sunday, December 30, 2007
By Gillian Namungala in Chibombo
Saturday December 29, 2007 [03:00]
CHIBOMBO district commissioner Steven Nyirongo has appealed to the National Housing Authority to include his district in the pilot project to construct housing units. In an interview, Nyirongo said that because of lack of accommodation in the district, workers were commuting to and from Kabwe where they were renting houses.
“This situation is affecting the performance of the workers because they report late and knock off early in order to board a bus back to Kabwe,” he said.
“That is why am appealing to the National Housing Authority to include Chibombo as the sixth district where the pilot projects of the construction of the houses should be carried out,” he said.
Nyirongo also complained that Chibombo had no filling stations and banking facilities.
He said people travel to Kabwe and Lusaka for their shopping.
Nyirongo said the district had enough land to give out to serious investors who want to help develop the area.
Meanwhile, Nyirongo said the delay to distribute fertiliser to farmers had greatly affected their farming activities.
“Soon this distribution (of fertiliser) will be useless and will affect harvest next year because fertiliser has not yet been distributed among the small scale farmers,” he said.
District agriculture officer Etambuyu Anamela confirmed the development in an interview revealed that about 6,000 by 50 kilogramme bags of D compound and urea fertilisers were lying distributed at Chibombo depot.
Distribution of fertiliser under the government’s Fertiliser Support Programme (FSP) has been suspended by Omnia, the official distributors, to push government to pay them.
“The fertiliser has not yet been distributed, it’s still in our depot because the distributors have refused and are demanding for payments from government,” she said.
She said the delay to distribute the fertiliser would affect next year’s harvest.