Monday, June 03, 2013

Govt determines to make Muchinga economically viable
By Jonathan Mukuka, Jason Ngoma and Mirriam Kumwenda in Nakond
Mon 27 May 2013, 14:00 CAT

MUCHINGA Province Minister Colonel Gerry Chanda says the government is determined to transform the newly-created province into an economically viable region.

Col Chanda said this when he paid a courtesy call on Nakonde district commissioner James Singoyi at his office yesterday during a familiarisation tour of the province.

He said the government would take development to all parts of the country as it was vital for the improvement of people's livelihoods, including those on the streets.

"The PF government wants to leave behind a legacy of having taken massive development to all the ten provinces in Zambia," Col Chanda said.

He added that the vision of the government was to create massive development that would be appreciated by everyone in the country.
He said the PF and its government would not stereotype anyone like the previous MMD regime did.

"That is why we have embarked on harmonising the imbalances," said Col Chanda.

Earlier, Singoyi said there were numerous economic activities taking place in the border district owing to increasing trade between Zambia and neighbouring Tanzania.

He, however, observed some trade imbalances between the two countries, saying trade is more concentrated on the Tanzanian side.

Singoyi told Col Chanda that the declaration of Nakonde as a multi-facility economic zone would address some of the economic challenges faced in the area.

And chieftainess Waitwika of the Namwanga people of Nakonde district has expressed gratitude over the development programmes the government is implementing in the area.

Chieftainess Waitwika told Col Chanda when he paid a courtesy call on her at her palace that the people of Nakonde were happy with the government of President Michael Sata.

She further explained that the massive infrastructure development that the government had embarked on countrywide was testimony of its commitment to improving people's lives, especially for those in rural areas.

Chieftainess Waitwika added that President Sata had lived up to his campaign promises by taking development as close to the people as possible since he ascended to power.

She, however, reminded the government that people in the area were still waiting to see a secondary school constructed near her palace.
Chieftainess Waitwika said Vice-President Dr Guy Scott had promised her people in 2011 when he visited the area that his government would finish the construction of Waitwika Secondary School.

The construction of the school started in 2010 under the MMD government but works have stalled.

She said former presidents Levy Mwanawasa and Rupiah Banda both promised to construct a secondary school in her chiefdom but both failed to honour their promises.

But Col Chanda who was accompanied by Singoyi and some heads of government department promised to remind the Vice-President Scott on the promise he made saying the government was committed to ensure that Waitwika Secondary School was constructed.

Col Chanda is on a familiarisation tour of Muchinga Province following his transfer from Northern Province on March 19, 2013.

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