MWILA NTAMBI, Shiwang’andu
SHIWANG’ANDU District Council chairperson Epilius Chisulo says the local authority has started engaging well-established business entities from Mpika and Chinsali to set up businesses in the area to accelerate economic activities in the newly-created district.
Mr Chisulo said in an interview that the council wants to attract more businesspersons to set up bases in Shiwang’ándu because this is the only way that it can generate revenue to provide services to the public.
“Shiwang’andu is a new district and it has a limited revenue base, so as a council,we are trying to lobby more businessmen from Mpika and Chinsali to come and put up businesses in Shiwangándu,” he said.
Mr Chisulo also said in line with increasing revenue for the district, plans are under-way to put up a dry port where vehicles such as trucks will be parking at a fee.
“We have also opened up two resettlement schemes at Chipindo and Kabanda, where we expect a lot of economic activities that will raise our revenue base,” he said.
Mr Chisulo also said the local authority is trying to improve the water reticulation system in order to improve water supply to communities.
He said lack of access to clean and safe drinking water is one of the major challenges the district is facing and that Government is also on the ground trying to survey the area in an effort to identify a spot where they can put up a dam.
Mr Chisulo said the council is also trying to see how best they can use history to attract tourists to visit Shiwang’andu to raise the much-needed revenue for the district.
He said Shiwang’andu is home to the oldest Catholic Church at Ilondola mission.