Some residents of Kasama have vowed to teach their former Member of Parliament Godfrey Mwamba a lesson in the Kasama Central by-election for alleged failure to address challenges facing them.
This came to light when a team of journalists headed by Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) toured some parts of in Kasama town to understand the situation of sanitation in line with human rights.
The residents said Mr Mwamba should be taught a lesson because he had failed to lobby on behalf of the people with relevant authorities to ensure they benefitted from development.
Rabecca Banda Muma, 70, a resident of New Town in Kasama’s Mulilansolo ward said Mr Mwamba was not popular in Kasama as he claimed because his presence was only heard through the noise of taxi drivers hooting in streets.”He says he is a small god of Kasama but he fails to lobby Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company to ensure sanity. People here have been suffering for 20 years without water and leaking sewerage system as if we are not in town. We will see how those small god will perform since we are waiting for the by-election here,” she said. Ms Muma said the new township had various challenges that saw a number of people suffering from communicable diseases.
And another resident Victor Kalwala accused the Chambeshi Water and Sewerage Company of failing to work for the people.
“What they do is to collect metres readings and residential house numbers and off they go without rectifying the problem,” he said. Mr Kalwa said the people in the area only survived through looking for water at a nearby church, while others have dug boreholes as alternative to access water.
He said about 70 houses were affected in the area.
And a check by the Daily Nation reporter revealed that most of the houses had their sewer lines broken with waste matter in the yards.
And JCTR media information officer Tendai Posiana said it was unfair that citizens were denied their rights, adding that leaders representing the people should be finding time to visit their people and address the challenges they faced.
Ms Posiana said it was unacceptable that to date people were still finding it difficult to access clean water.