‘Development gap to be narrowed’

The Patriotic Front Government recognises the need to strengthen efforts to close up the differences between rural and urban development, Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula has said.

He said opportunities should be created to achieve sustainable development through economic growth and diversification, social development and environmental protection.

Dr Simbyakula said Government stands committed towards delivering the much needed development in Solwezi and North Western province as whole which was evidenced by the President Edgar Lungu’s decision to declare Kalumbila and Mushindamo as districts.

He said the two districts were created in order to foster development in the two districts.

Dr Simbyakula was speaking when he officiated at this year’s Nkambi traditional ceremony of Senior Chief Mujimanzovu in Solwezi.

“The Patriotic Front government shall continue to depend on its people to support the road towards developing this country,” Dr Simbyakula said.

He said the Water Affairs Department had completed the construction of the Mujimanzovu multi-purpose dam which was yet to be commissioned and handed over to the community.

Dr Simbyakula reaffirmed government’s commitment to early distribution of inputs for the 2015/2016 farming season adding that Solwezi district had already received 22,000 of 50kg bags of D compound fertilizer out of a total requirement of 26,000 of 50kg bags.

He said through the farmer input support programme (FISP) Government would in the 2015/2016 farming season support 12,000 farmers in Solwezi with subsidised inputs and increase the number of groundnuts packs from 8000 last season to 15,000 in the 2015 /2016 season to promote diversification.

And Dr Simbyakula said through the Ward Development Fund (WDF) Government was undertaking projects such as the completion of the Mujimanzovu maize shed at the total cost of K42, 775, procurement of a transformer for the connection of Misangwa primary school to the national grid at a cost of k77, 225, grading of the 37km road from Kichile via Mujimanzovu palace to Kalulushi road at a cost of K120, 000 and the completion of the Mapunga Police post at a cost of K50, 000.

Meanwhile, Dr Simbyakula has urged traditional leaders to take a lead in banning harmful traditional practices that cause harm to women and the girl child such as gender based violence and child marriages. “As we celebrate our traditional ceremonies, I urge the traditional leadership to take the lead in doing away with some harmful vices which are detrimental to national development,” he said. Earlier, Nkambi traditional ceremony national chairperson Lemmy Kajoba thanked Government for creating the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional affairs noting that it was a clear indication of Government’s commitment to addressing challenges traditional leaders were facing. Mr Kajoba further thanked President Edagr Lungu for creating Kalumbila and Mushindamo districts noting that the move would spar development in the area.

“The royal establishment is non-partisan and we are ready to work with the government of the day in order to foster development in the chiefdom,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Kajoba said the royal establishment was proposing to Government that Mujimanzovu chiefdom remained under Solwezi district due to its geographical position.