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YANDE SYAMPEYO, Lusaka
HE IS young and ambitious and so at 32 years old, Kalalwe Mukosa; the newly-elected member of Parliament (MP) for Chinsali Constituency in Muchinga Province finds himself among the three youngest parliamentarians in the 12th session of the National Assembly.
The other two youthful MPs are Masauso Tembo and Listed Tembo, representatives of Sinda and Kaumbwe constituencies respectively in Eastern Province.
Mr Mukosa feels time is ripe for Zambian youths to take up leadership positions and subsequently foster national development.
â€œThis is the right time for youths to vie for leadership positions. We are lucky to have a President who has a soft spot for youths. He is committed to supporting the empowerment of youths,â€ Mr Mukosa says.
But who is Kalalwe Mukosa?
Born in Chinsali in 1984 from Kelvin Chiti Mukosa and Beatrice Mwansa Makowa, Mr Mukosa, an accountant by profession is a businessman.
Currently in pursuit of a doctorate in business administration, Mr Mukosa did his education at Chinsali Primary and Basic, Mungwi Techinical and Kenneth Kaunda Secondary Schools.
Born in a family of nine, Mr Mukosa suffered the inevitable when the breadwinner of the family, his father died when he was only eight years old.
He pays gratitude to his mother who had to work twice as hard to educate Mr Mukosa and his siblings.
â€œI did my CIMA at the Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies, later acquired a Bachelors of Arts and Honours Degree in Accounting. I also possess a Master of Business Administration in international Business,â€ he says.
The Chinsali representative, who was recently elected as the second vice-president of the Inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU), worked for National Breweries PLC as a treasury accountant and First Alliance Bank as officer in charge of risk management and compliance before he quit pursuing his own business.
Inspired by the determination and courage of former President Sata, Mr Mukosa hails President Lungu for facilitating his entry into politics, a journey he describes as not easy, especially for a youth.
Mr Mukosa, a husband and father of one always had a passion for politics from a tender age and his inspiration was President Sata.
â€œMr Sata inspired me a lot especially the time he was in opposition because he was determined and always provided checks and balances to Government and I found this interesting.
â€œMy entry into politics was rough, it wasnâ€™t easy to gain ground in the political arena infiltrated by veteran politicians but all thanks to our listening President, who facilitated my entry into politics. The adoption process wasnâ€™t easy as competition was stiff but Iâ€™m grateful to the party for picking me and I will forever remain loyal to President Lungu,â€ Mr Mukosa says.
What is your priority for the constituency?
Water reticulation is one of them. I want to end the hardships people in the area face in accessing clean drinking water. As we speak, the project is on and once completed, people will have safe drinking water.
Township roads are another priority area for Mr Mukosa. It is his wish that all the urban roads in the constituency are upgraded to bituminous standard.
â€œA contract was awarded to some contractor to work on township roads but there is little progress on that project. I will see to it that the contractor does his job or better still the Road Development Agency should consider reviewing the contract and if possible terminate the contract because the contractor has done nothing despite erratic funding by Government been another challenge,â€ Mr Mukosa says.
The lawmaker also wants the Chunga Bridge that connects Chinsali to Nakonde worked on. He will lobby funds from Government to ensure the bridge is rehabilitated.
Infrastructure development in the constituency, which is the provincial capital, is another area that requires attention. Not much has been done due to erratic funding from the central government.
â€œWe are hoping in next yearâ€™s budget, our provincial administration will be funded to get the stalled projects moving,â€ he says.
It is also Mr Mukosaâ€™s desire that schools that are in a dilapidated state are rehabilitated, while in the health sector, more health facilities be constructed.
The Chinsali MP will also make a follow up on how far Government has gone to make Mulilansolo a district as pronounced by President Lungu during the campaigns.
How will you utilise the Constituency Development Fund
I will divide the fund equally among the 15 wards. It is my wish that people in my constituency take ownership of the projects.
â€œCommunity participation is very cardinal in the implementation of projects. The onus will be upon people in the 15 wards to priotise the projects to embark on and or complete,â€ he says.
Youth and Women Empowerment
Mr Mukosa plans to facilitate the hosting of capacity building workshops for youths and women to empower them with skills to sustain their livelihood through agriculture.
â€œI will lobby for support from companies and other co-operating partners so that we can come up with out-grower schemes for the growing of rice and soya beans. This will also assist the economy in the diversification programme, from the traditional maize crop,â€ Mr Mukosa says.
He has further identified sites in Chambeshi ward where youths and women can venture into fish farming.
â€œI have also pledged to give four women clubs fertiliser by the end of this month. I intend to extend this gesture to other clubs,â€ he says.
Mr Mukosa is looking forward to a cordial working relationship with the traditional leadership to foster development in the constituency.
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