MIKE MUGALA, Lusaka
CONSTRUCTION of the two bridges that were washed away during the last rainy season in Sinazongwe district has been completed
at a cost of K6 million, district commissioner Protacio Mulenga has confirmed.
Speaking in an interview with the Sunday Mail on Thursday, Mr Mulenga said people in the district will no longer face difficulties in transporting goods and services.
“I can confirm that construction of the two bridges that were on the Maamba-Sinazongwe road has been completed and [they] have since been opened to the public. The district would like to commend the government for quickly attending to the needs of the people.
“Our people will now be able to conduct their businesses without worry. The two bridges will also facilitate easy movement,” he said.
Mr Mulenga said the district administration is also patching potholes on the roads.
Meanwhile, Mr Mulenga said the district administration intends to increase the number of beneficiaries of the social cash transfer scheme from the current 1,500 to 5,000 before the end of 2017.
“For the first time, Sinazongwe district has been privileged to receive the social cash transfer scheme. This initiative will go a long way in reducing levels of poverty among our people, especially the vulnerable.
“Sinazongwe is the third district in Southern Province to be among the districts receiving the social cash transfer and this is a clear indication that development is taking place in Southern Province,” he said.
Mr Mulenga said Sinazongwe district is further expecting to reach out to about 10,000 beneficiaries by 2018.
He said Sinazongwe residents are grateful to the Patriotic Front (PF) government for the development the district is delivering.
Mr Mulenga said lives of the vulnerable and elderly in Sinazongwe district will improve through the social cash transfer scheme.