Monday, April 29, 2013

'Govt committed to developing WP'
By Mukosha Funga in Kalabo
Sat 27 Apr. 2013, 14:01 CAT

FINANCE deputy minister Miles Sampa says the government is committed to developing the Western Province regardless of election outcomes.

And Kalabo UPND member of parliament Chinga Miyutu says anyone who does not appreciate the good President Michael Sata has done for Kalabo is evil.

Meanwhile, a Baroste Royal Establishment representative says civil servants will no longer travel long distances to access their salaries.
Speaking when he officially opened the National Savings and Credit Bank (NATSAVE) Kalabo branch yesterday, Sampa said the government would continue developing the region.

"Fortunes or misfortunes in elections will not stop us from bringing development here; whether or not we win elections here, we shall bring development to the province," he said.

Sampa highlighted the major developmental projects that had been funded for the period January to March 2013.

"KR780,156 for the completion of the construction of prison
infrastructure in Kalabo, KR1.4 million for construction of district hospitals in the province, KR619,448 for the rehabilitation of medical training schools, rehabilitation of health facilities and construction of staff houses, KR200,000 for drenching canals to ensure that waterways are passable," he said "KR137,500 as operational support fund for rural roads equipment, KR225,723 for rural roads infrastructure development, KR100,000 for Forest Protection and Management, KR358,800 for child empowerment, protection and advocacy and finally, KR500,000 for the Mongu stadium which the president recently commissioned."

Sampa commended NATSAVE for extending banking facilities to newly created districts despite the many challenges that they faced.

"We note the challenges being faced by NATSAVE in the pursuit of supplying affordable financial services among its branch network, such as, poor infrastructure and high operational costs, which, in the long run, impact negatively on the cost or income ratio of the bank," Sampa said.

Sampa also rolled out a micro-finance programme under NATSAVE which incorporates an affordable savings account with a minimum balance of KR10 which he opened as the first customer.

The Kalabo branch is NATSAVE's 30th branch. Two more branches in Mpongwe and Lufwanyama are expected to be opened before the end of the year.


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