K34,000 school building materials stolen


THIEVES have stolen building materials of a secondary school being constructed in Senior Chief Mukumbi’s area in Solwezi following an outcry from the local people who badly needed a high school.

The project which started early this year was progressing well and had reached an advanced stage.

Among the goods stolen included 409 pockets of cement, geysers, grill doors, window panes and door frames, all valued at K34, 000.

This was confirmed by the acting Solwezi district commissioner Chipawa Chipawa after he made a spot check at the school.

Mr Chipawa said the incident occurred between October 24 and November 6 this year.

He said the matter has been reported to the police but no arrests had been made.

“It is very unfortunate that despite Government’s efforts to provide quality services to its people, some people are frustrating our efforts. It is sad.

“This will affect the project from being completed on time due to what has happened”,” Mr Chipawa said.

He said the district administration was saddened by the incident as it disadvantaged pupils in Senior Chief Mukumbi’s area.

“Government is spending huge sums of money to ensure that school infrastructure is improved so that we have good quality education, but some unscrupulous people are frustrating Government’s efforts. How do we develop like this?” he said.

Mr Chipawa blamed school management at Mukumbi Primary School where the materials were being kept for the theft and appealed to the police to quickly carry out investigation and bring the culprits to book.

“It is very disappointing to note that our teachers here could not monitor and properly secure the materials. They are irresponsible,” he said.

Meanwhile, North-Western Province deputy commissioner of police Geoffrey Kunda could not be reached for a comment as he was reportedly outside the province.