NKWETO MFULA, Chililabombwe
NEWLY elected Chililabombwe executive mayor Christabel Mulalaâ€™s dream is to improve the living standards of women and youth.
Women and youth empowerment projects are close to Ms Mulalaâ€™s heart as she is looking forward to ensuring that her interest groups are able to create wealth and improve their living standards.
Ms Mulala, a teacher by profession retired in 2014 and joined politics to fulfil her dreams of helping the needy in society.
She was born in 1959 in Luanshya to Timothy Mwanja and Esnala Mwanja and is the third born in a family of five.
Ms Mulala, a widow, has five children and four grandchildren.
She did her primary school at Fisenge Primary School in Luanshya and proceeded to do her form one to three (grade eight to 10) at Ibenga Secondary School and was later transferred to Mukinge Secondary School in Kasempa to do her form four (Grade 11) and five (Grade 12). Upon completion of her secondary education she went to Kwame Nkrumah Teachersâ€™ College.
Ms Mulala said she was prompted to go into politics because of the passion she has in assisting society.
The levels of poverty in communities in Chililabombwe constituency compelled her to join politics and see how best she could work for the people to enhance poverty reduction programmes, especially among women.
â€œIf I give something to a woman to eat, it will not last, but when I teach them how to generate income they will be able to sustain their families,â€ she says.
So far a good number of women cooperatives have been created in Chililabombwe constituency.
Ms Mulala says there is need to encourage more women to join the clubs for them to benefit from the women empowerment programmes in the district.
â€œSome of the women are in mat making, while others in tie and dye projects,â€ she said.
The women are also being encouraged to get involved in agricultural activities and grow food in abundance for consumption as well as for sale.
â€œThere is a huge market for agricultural produce in the Democratic Republic of Congo,â€ she says.
Youth empowerment is also amongst Ms Mulalaâ€™s priorities for them to be self-sustainable in their income-generating projects.
Some of the youths are engaged in various projects such as butter production.
â€œOne youth has so far created employment for his fellow youths, he has a small business dealing in butter production,â€ she said.
Ms Mulala also notes that the ongoing road rehabilitation works will be enhanced.
â€œThe main road works have been done and what is remaining is some of the township roads,â€ he says.
Improving on water and sanitation is also Ms Mulalaâ€™s focus to advance the living standards of the people in communities.
Ms Mulala said boreholes will be drilled in some peri-urban areas to provide clean water for the local people in the mining town.
To increase on revenue generation to the district, Ms Mulala is keen to rehabilitate the road network leading to Tschisenda border post into the Democratic Republic of Congo.
She says the border will be upgraded to help decongest Kasumbalesa border post which is one of Zambiaâ€™s busiest entry points.
The mayor-elect also wants to link Chililabombwe with Mufulira by opening a new route between the two mining towns through Muliashi area.
For Ms Mulala, the sky is the limit in pushing for development in Chililabombwe district.
She is also looking forward to attracting other industries in the district apart from the mining sector.
The jovial Ms Mulala is the first elected executive mayor for Chililabombwe. She is, however, the third female mayor with the past two women having held the seat, namely Trudy Ngâ€™ambi and Mary Mtonga respectively.
Ms Mulala scooped the mayoral seat with 13,056 votes beating UPNDâ€™s Lucky Sichone who had 11,374, with Victor Kowa of the Rainbow party getting 2,074, while Geoffrey Matafwali of the United Democratic Front managed 726 votes.
NKWETO MFULA, Chililabombwe