By Nation Reporter
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Kalumbila candidate for council chairperson Slavin Bulaya has pledged to reinforce Ward Development Committees in the development of the district because they are key stakeholders.
Speaking in an interview in Kalumbila shortly after filing in his nomination papers last week, Mr Bulaya said WDCs were a key component of the district, hence the need to reinforce them.
He also said the formation of WDCs would be his priority because it was in line with the PF’s manifesto of decentralisation.
“This is in the spirit of actualising the decentralisation policy which the PF government under the able leadership of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has put in place,” said Mr Bulaya.
And Mr Bulaya said if elected as council chairperson he would concentrate on developing other key areas such as health, education, road infrastructure and social services.
He said the road network in the area especially feeder roads needed attention because they were in a deplorable state.
“In order to achieve this, we need to work with all stakeholders in the district including our traditional leaders,’’ he said.
Mr Bulaya thanked the PF leadership for showing confidence in him by adopting him as candidate in the November 17 election.
“Let me also take this opportunity to appeal to the electorates in the district to give me a vote so that together we develop the area,’’ he said.
And deputy campaign manager Richard Taima appealed to Kalumbila residents to vote for the PF candidate because it was the party in Government that could bring development to the new district.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) postponed the election of council chairpersons for Mushindamo and Kalumbila districts after the official separation of the two districts from Solwezi district following their declaration as districts by President Lungu last year.
Elections in Kalumbila and Mushindamo districts have been slated for Thursday November 17.