Starving Kilwa Island receives food
Nchelenge, June 13, 2012, ZANIS…..Relief food meant for the people of Kilwa Island on Lake Mweru in Nchelenge district which has been ravaged by hunger has started arriving in the area.
The initial 400 by 50 Kilogram bags of maize out of the 2,000 bags that have been secured in the first phase of the relief food distribution arrived in Nchelenge yesterday afternoon.
District commissioner Royd Chakaba confirmed the development during a Disaster Management and Mitigation Committee meeting held in his office.
Mr. Chakaba said the remainder of the relief food is expected to arrive in the area tomorrow on Friday.
He pointed out that the 2,000 bags of relief maize that will be given to the people of Kilwa Island was only part of the first consignment.
Mr Chakaba added that the full consignment of the relief maize will also cater for the people of Chisenga Island and other areas in the district where cases of hunger have been reported.
And Mr. Chakaba has announced that the deputy minister in the Office of the Vice President, Harry Kalaba is today expected in Nchelenge district to flag-off the distribution of the relief food on Kilwa Island.
Kilwa Island has been ravaged by hunger following a drought that hit the area causing severe crop failure.
Kilwa Island has a total of 12 villages.
Councilor regrets PF youth demo
Nchelenge, June 13, 2013, ZANIS…..A civic Leader in Nchelenge district has attributed the demonstration by Patriotic Front-PF youths in the area this week to poor communication between the local authorities and residents.
Nchelenge ward councilor Kasenge Kafimbwa says the recent demonstration by the PF members could have been avoided if there was a well established communication system between civic leaders, government employees and the residents.
Mr. Kasenge, who is also Nchelenge district council deputy chairperson told ZANIS in an interview that there is need for the civil servants, the local authority and councilors to develop a habit of updating residents on development issues taking place in the area.
He said because of the existing gaps in communication residents have resorted to getting information from third parties which he said is in most cases flawed.
Mr. Kafimbwa said government is determined to ensure that areas such as Nchelenge are developed, both socially and economically.
The deputy council chairperson said as a testimony of government’s determination to develop Nchelenge, it has earmarked several developmental programs in the area adding that some have already started to be implemented.
He said works on the Mansa-Kashikishi road are progressing well and that phase one of the community access initiative programme by the local authority with the support of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) has been completed.
Mr. Kafimbwa explained that the community access initiative programme has seen the construction and rehabilitation of bridges in all the 13 wards of Nchelenge district.
He added that new gravel roads have been created while old ones have also received a facelift.
Mr. Kafimbwa said construction of a district hospital, health posts, a college of science and mathematics, and a secondary school will soon commence.
He has however appealed to residents to be patient because development is gradual especially that other districts are also demanding similar development programmes.
On Tuesday this week placard carrying PF cadres marched to the office of Nchelenge district commissioner Royd Chakaba demanding to be addressed on what they described as slow implementation of development programmes in the area.
The demonstrators were also demanding for the resignation of Nchelenge constituency area member of parliament Raymond Mpundu together with the entire Nchelenge district council for allegedly failing the electorate.