Support transition into districts, chiefs urged


DEPUTY minister of Home Affairs Panji Kaunda has implored chiefs in Solwezi district to support the transition of Kalumbila and Mushindamo into districts by sensitising their subjects on the process.
Colonel Kaunda said Government is counting on the support of chiefs in its quest to develop the North-Western Province.
He said Government stands committed to delivering the much-needed development to North-Western Province as evidenced by the move by President Lungu to declare Kalumbila and Mushindamo as districts in order to expedite development.
“Therefore, I appeal to you all to fully support the government in order to achieve the needed development and I implore Your Royal Highnesses to support the transition of Kalumbila and Mushindamo into districts by sensitising the people on the process,” Col Kaunda said.
He was speaking at this year’s Kuvuluka Kishakulu traditional ceremony of the Kaonde people of the newly-created Kalumbila district.
Col Kaunda said in order to align Government’s objectives of bringing cost-effective quality health services closer to the people of Kalumbila, President Lungu recently commissioned Lumwana District Hospital, which was built at a cost of K15 million.
He said the new hospital will extensively improve the lives of people and help to decongest Solwezi General Hospital where patients are referred.
Col Kaunda also said Government is undertaking various development projects in Matebo chiefdom, which include construction of a maternity wing at Muyashi Rural Health Centre at a cost of K125,000 under the Ward Development Fund (WDF).
Under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), Col Kaunda said Government is constructing classroom blocks at Mutumba, Kichile, Kalende and Kakaindu community schools at a cost of K310,000.
“Government is also constructing a staff house at Kalende community school at a cost of K100,000,” he said.
He also said Government, through the Food Reserve Agency (FRA), has so far bought 137,000 bags of white maize from farmers worth K10,300,000 since the crop marketing  season started on August 17, this year.
Col Kaunda said Government, through the Farmer Input Support Programme, will in the 2015/2016 season support 12,000 farmers in the district.
He assured farmers that Government is committed to distributing farm inputs early this season.
And Chief Matebo thanked the government for the development projects being implemented in his chiefdom, especially in the health and education sectors.

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