MELODY MUPETA, Chilubi
CHILUBI Island district commissioner Earnest Bwalya says there is need for investment in water transport to ease transportation of building materials for the ongoing developmental projects on the Island.
Mr Bwalya said in an interview that works on most projects on the island are being done at a slow pace because the only way of transporting building materials is on water.
He said there is only one boat ferrying construction materials to the district making it difficult for the contractor to complete the works on time.
“We need another boat to ferry building materials. At the moment, we only have one boat which transports cement, crushed stones and sand to our district.
“This is the reason why some of the projects have taken long to be completed,” Mr Bwalya said.
Mr Bwalya said during the dry season, transporting building materials is even more difficult when the water levels in Lake Bangweulu are low.
He cited the construction of Chilubi district hospital as one such project whose construction has delayed because of the pace at which the building materials are trickling to the island.
Mr Bwalya said construction of the hospital started in 2012, but only one block of wards has reached roof level, while other structures are at window and slab levels.
He said there is urgent need to complete building the hospital so that residents can access health services.
Mr Bwalya also appealed to Government to expedite the construction of the Luwingu-Tabu road which links the district to Luwingu district.