ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka
LUSAKA Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe has commended the Muslim Social Welfare Trust (MSWT) Zambia for sinking seven boreholes in Shibuyunji district at a cost of K150,000.
The provincial minister is also happy that MSWT recently donated food hampers worth K15,000 to the elderly and less privileged in Shibuyunji.
Mr Mwakalombe said the gesture by MSWT is also complementing President Lungu’s efforts of diversifying the economy from its dependence on copper exports to agriculture.
He said in an interview that Government has a conducive investment policy which has attracted the private sector to invest in communities they operate in.
“We are happy that the private sector such as MSWT has taken keen interest in complementing Government’s efforts of providing clean water to our residents. This is how it should be.
“Residents of Shibuyunji mainly depend on agriculture for their livelihood, hence the urgent need to make water easily accessible. It is not by accident that we are taking clean water close to our people,” he said.
Mr Mwakalombe said the sinking of boreholes in Shibuyunji will reduce on the long distances which residents, especially women and girls, cover to fetch water.
He said Shibuyunji residents will no longer carry heavy loads over long distances.
“We want our girl child to concentrate on education. It is unfortunate that most of our girl children spend much of their precious time fetching water. This should be a thing of the past,” Mr Mwakalombe said.