By Chiwoyu Sinyangwe
Wed 16 Feb. 2011, 04:01 CAT
CATHERINE Namugala has defended the bisection of Isoka district with the new area being created without proper infrastructure. Namugala, who is Isoka East MMD member of parliament, said the newly created Mafinga district would help to expedite development in one of Zambia’s most retarded and economically retrogressive areas.
In an interview from Muyombe, Namugala said the creation of Mafinga district to encompass Mweniwisi, Mulekatembo, Tendere and Muyombe areas would help to stimulate economic activities in the extreme north east of the country.
“We will ensure better service provision to the people of these areas,” said Namugala, who is also tourism minister. “Yes, we have infrastructural challenges and by creating this new district, it will help us to address these challenges and that is why we are investing K400 billion to upgrade and put a bituminous road from Isoka, Muyombe, Chama to Lundazi. For we the people of this area, this is a milestone achievement.”
She said the huge agriculture potential which continued to be hampered by lack of easier access to markets and sources for inputs for farmers would be improved with the investments in the road sector and other infrastructural improvements to improve accessibility.
Namugala said delivery of social services to the natives would also be improved.
“How do you expect the district education board secretary to properly supervise and inspect schools 180 kilometres from the boma,” said Namugala.
“We have had cases of simple delivery complications for women such as caesarian operations, our women suffering because they had to be transported 180 kilometres to the nearest hospital on the very hard roads.”
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