Tongabezi lodge to build houses for teachers, health workers

NANCY MWAPE, Kazungula
KAZUNGULA’s luxurious safari lodge, Tongabezi, has invested about K2 million in the construction of houses for teachers and health personnel in the district under its EduCare corporate social responsibility programme.
Touring the project recently, Kazungula district commissioner Pascalina Musokotwane commended Tongabezi for coming to the aid of Mukuni chiefdom and Government through the construction of 20 houses and installation of a water reticulation system.
Ms Musokotwane said Tongabezi has partnered with the Mukuni Development Trust that had been tasked to engage contractors to build the houses but most of the structures have developed cracks.
She expressed disappointment with the Mukuni Development Trust for the sub-standard works on the houses for teachers and health personnel.
“The royal establishment should ensure that works are properly executed and they stand the test of time to benefit our future generation. There is need to guard these houses jealously,” she said.
Ms Musokotwane thanked tour operators in the district and Avani Hotel in Livingstone for supporting Government in the social sectors and creation of employment for the local people.
And Mukuni Development Trust coordinator Mupotola Siloka said the chiefdom would engage experts to supervise the project.
Mr Siloka promised to improve the quality of projects and said money should be well spent because people giving it are also sacrificing.
He said through the trust, the chiefdom has been able to engage tour operators to help develop the community.
Mr Siloka said in 2010 the Mukuni Development Trust and Tongabezi entered into an agreement on social corporate responsibility to eradicate poverty through education.
“The chief has put a lot of emphasis on education as he believes it’s the key that can liberate the community from poverty. Of the 20 houses, 17 are for schools and three for health centres,” he said.
Mr Siloka thanked Tongabezi for the support to the chiefdom and for paying salaries to community teachers at Simatobolo Community School.

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