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East DCs receive vehicles for monitoring

KASOLO

DARLINGTON MWENDABAI, Chipata
EASTERN Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo has urged district commissioners to monitor government projects after being empowered with new Toyota vehicles.
Mr Kasolo said Government is losing millions of Kwacha in shoddy works by contractors because district commissioners are unable to monitor projects.
He said this when he handed over vehicles to nine district commissioners from Chipata, Lundazi, Mambwe, Vubwi, Chadiza, Katete, Sinda, Petauke and Nyimba on Wednesday.
“President Lungu had seen the need to empower you [district commissioners] with new vehicles because you are his eyes in your districts,” he said.
Mr Kasolo said Government has embarked on many development projects that need monitoring by his office and that of the district commissioners.
He said as agents of the President, the district commissioners must be mobile so that they can inspect projects like the current voters and national registration card exercises.
Mr Kasolo said any erring public worker who is going to be found wanting like in Chadiza where an Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) officer is reportedly turning away people from registering as voters, will be dealt with.
He said the Land Rovers procured in the past three years for district commissioners have proved to be too expensive for the government.
Mr Kasolo said maintaining Land Rovers used to cost Government a fortune hence the purchase of Toyota vehicles that are cheaper to maintain.
Chadiza district commissioner George Phiri promised Mr Kasolo that the new vehicles will not be abused but used for the intended purposes.

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