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Kitwe needs road maintenance plan – Mwale

DEPUTY Minister of Local Government and Housing Nicholas Banda (left) and Copperbelt minister Mwenya Musenge during the handover ceremony of heavy duty equipment bought by Kitwe City Council in Kitwe on Friday. PICTURE: MULWANDA LUPIYA

DEPUTY Minister of Local Government and Housing Nicholas Mwale has directed Kitwe City Council (KCC) to draw up an annual routine road maintenance programme for township and urban roads.
Speaking when he commissioned earthmoving equipment worth over K8 million procured by the Kitwe City Council, Mr Mwale said maintenance of township and urban roads in all constituencies is important for the sustenance of the city’s economic development and accessibility to social services.
Mr Mwale appealed to other municipalities to emulate the Kitwe which procured earthmoving equipment to enhance service delivery.
He cautioned council staff and officers against abusing the equipment as doing so would attract punitive measures.
And Local Government Service Commission chairperson Christa Kalulu said the commission is working hard to address the shortage of professionals in municipalities.
Ms Kalulu noted that without skilled and qualified staff such as quantity surveyors, planners and building inspectors, it is difficult for councils to deliver.
She said the Local Government Service Commission is looking at the individual needs of particular councils in trying to address the problems they face.
Ms Kalulu challenged councils to prioritise development and efficient service delivery and desist from involving themselves in land scandals and corruption.
Kitwe city acquired front-end loaders, skip bins, tipper trucks, water bowsers and excavators among others.

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