Slow action irks Lungu

PRESIDENT Lungu is disappointed at the slow pace of the reconstruction of part of Chilonga Mission Nursing School, which was destroyed by a fire last year, despite Government releasing K3 million for the initial works.
The cost of the reconstruction is estimated at K7 million.
Inspecting the structures through which fire swept last October, President Lungu said it is annoying to see the Muchinga provincial administration doing little to rebuild the school.
“We saw the suffering and we responded when the bishop requested for support, but I am disappointed to see that nothing is happening,” he said.
Muchinga Minister Malozo Sichone said the procurement process is still underway and that some contractors have been shortlisted.
Mpika Central member of Parliament Sylvia Chalikosa said some civil servants did not see the ‘political side’ of things when processing projects.
But President Lungu said procedures are not cast in concrete especially when an issue is urgent.
“Government is devolving powers to the provinces and districts, but what is happening here, then we may not go that way. People don’t understand procedures, so find a way of beginning the works. Of course, it should be within the law,” he said.
Later, President Lungu assured final year nursing students that the government would employ them upon completion of their studies this June.
“Inonshita eponchili, mukacula nga na fwa [I am still here.  You will suffer when I am dead]. So the Ministry of Health will definitely employ you since we need to beef up the staffing levels in our hospitals,” he said to the delight of the students.
Earlier, hospital administrator Elizabeth Mutamba thanked Government for its support to the institution.

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