Govt releases K 114 m for Mufumbwe roads


By Nation Reporter

GOVERNMENT has released about K 114,567,445 for the construction of the 15.7 kilometres of township roads in Mufumbwe district.

Justice minister Dr Ngosa Simbyakula said the Patriotic Front (PF) government was of the view that meaningful economic transformation was fundamental for the collective prosperity of the country.

Dr Simbyakula said government was currently undertaking many development projects across the country with a view of improving the living standards of people in all sectors of the economy.

Dr Simbyakula said this when he officiated at this year’s Ntongo traditional ceremony of Chief Kizela of the Kaonde people in Mufumbwe district on Saturday.

He said Government had released K700, 000 through the Ministry of Local Government and Housing for the drilling of 11 boreholes in the district.

‘’The procurement process has advanced and soon the contract will be awarded so that works can commence,” Dr Simbykula said.

He said through the Ministry of Energy and Water Development with the support from the World Bank, government has released K 5,000,000 for the commencement of phase two of the construction of the dam at Kashima East.

‘’Furthermore, government has begun the process of sourcing a new contractor to complete the construction to nine health posts whose works stalled due to the earlier contractor, Angelia International company, abandoning the works,” he said.

And in a bid to improve the working environment for the small-scale traders, Dr Simbyakula said government through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) had completed the construction of a market shelter at Kaminzekenzeke at a cost of K80, 000. ‘’In addition to that, government has completed the construction of a 1×3 classroom block at Jairos Fumpa Day Secondary School at a cost of K 150,000 and two staff houses each at Shangwa and Shukwe at a cost of K115,000 and K110,000 respectively,” he said.

Dr Simbyakula said government through the Mufumbwe district council had released K1, 700, 000 for the surveying of 500 plots and opening up of new areas including water reticulation.

And Chief Kizela thanked government for embarking on the construction of 288 chief’s palaces across the country and for also increasing the maize floor price from K 75 to K 85 per 50 kilogramme bag.