Govt ponders Solwezi airport upgrade

THE Patriotic Front (PF) government will consider upgrading the Solwezi Airport to an international standard, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Yamfwa Mukanga has said.

Mr Mukanga said following the rapid growth of the mining town, government would consider upgrading the airport to cater for increased traffic.

Speaking in Parliament during the questions for oral answer session, Mr Mukanga said the airport was recently rehabilitated.

Mr Mukanga was responding to a question raised by United Party for National Development (UPND) Mwinilunga MP, Stephen Katuka who wanted to know when the Solwezi airport will be rehabilitated and expanded to cater for the increased traffic.

“Recently, government rehabilitated Solwezi airport and when the population grows we shall upgrade it to an international standard,” he said.

And Solwezi West Member of Parliament Humphrey Mwanza yesterday took the Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education to task after he wanted to know the total number of secondary schools which were under construction in Isoka district.

Mr Mwanza also demanded for an explanation on the criterion used to name one of the schools after President Michael Chilufya Sata. But in his response, Deputy Minister, Prof Nevelyn Willombe, said there was no specific reason for naming the school after President Sata. “There is no fixed rule in naming schools after any deserving citizen of this county,” he said.

Prof Willombe said the Michael Chilufya Sata boarding school which was being constructed in Isoka district was decided by the community.

And Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda expressed concern in the manner in which government schools were being named.

Mr Lubinda wondered what it took for government schools to be named and complained that Chilenje had three schools with similar names.

“In my constituency there is Chilenje high school, Chilenje basic school and Chilenje day secondary school,” he said.