Kabompo FM community radio construction advances


THE construction of Kabompo FM community radio station in North-Western Province at a cost of K264,000 has advanced.
Kabompo council secretary Elias Sikacheya said the project was funded using the 2013 Constituency Development Fund (CDF) allocation for Kabompo West.
Mr Sikacheya said 80 percent works on Kabompo FM community radio station have been completed and the contractor is finalising minor works before the project is handed over.
He was responding to questions by North-Western Province minister Dawson Kafwaya, who wanted to know why most CDF-funded projects in Kabompo have stalled despite Government releasing the money.
Mr Sikacheya said Kabompo District Council over-committed the 2013 CDF allocation because it approved projects worth over K2 million yet it only had about K1, 400, 000 in the account.
He said this has caused delays in the completion of CDF projects.
“In total,  we had 35 CDF projects which include the construction of a community radio station, whose works are at 80 percent completion level, but  we over committed the money and we picked on some major projects which we want to finish and funds have already been released to complete 10 projects out of the 35,” Mr Sikacheya said.
He said once completed, the radio station will enable residents to have a platform to discuss important national issues and have access to information for them to make informed decisions.
And Mr Kafwaya said development projects should be expeditiously executed once Government releases CDF.
Mr Kafwaya said it is shocking that Kabompo is still holding on to the 2013 CDF allocation when other local authorities have exhausted their allocations.
He said he would not allow politicking to derail implementation of development projects in the region.

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