Kalomo residents urged to safeguard infrastructure
Kalomo, July 5, ZANIS —– Southern Province Permanent Secretary, Bernard Namachila has called on communities to jealously guard projects infrastructure that government is implementing if the country was to forge ahead with its developmental prospects.
Speaking today when he officiated at the commissioning of the rehabilitated B Williams dam which gobbled K842, 000 from both government and the Southern Water and Sewerage Company (SWASCO) in Kalomo, Mr Namachila observed that acts of vandalism on infrastructure has caused government to lose colossal sums of money for rehabilitation works which otherwise could have been used on other needy sectors.
He called on communities to desist from exercising ill motivated activities on infrastructure that government was providing to them for their well being adding that the PF has embarked on a mammoth task to ensure equitable service delivery in all sectors for both the urban and rural population of Zambia.
The Kalomo’s B Williams dam which is the only water supply reservoir for the local SWASCO branch to pump the commodity to over 11, 000 consumers was washed away in February this year prompting government through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) under the Office of the Vice President to pump in KR546, 000 while SWASCO contributed KR 296,000 for its rehabilitation works.
Meanwhile, SWASCO Board Vice Chairperson, Anne Nyirenda and Choonga Ward councillor, Babyloc Sianongo have commended government for its timely response to urgent rehabilitation works of the dam with the regional water utility Acting Managing Director, Charles Shindaile saying without governments’ intervention to work on the dam wall, the situation could have spelt doom for its Kalomo consumers.
“SWASCO is deeply indebted to government for the support rendered in the reconstruction of this dam which was completely washed away by heavy rains in February this year. The dam has now been fully worked on and the supply of water to Kalomo town has been successful and the local community also has water for their daily use, their animals and for other uses,” Ms Nyirenda observed.
Ms Nyirenda also said her company is seriously working at attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, specifically the one that seeks to improve access to clean and safe drinking water to the majority of the people in the low income group.
The 797,700 square metres surface area water body with a 1,600 cubic metres holding capacity was rehabilitated through the workforce of the Rural Road Unit (RRU), Zambia National Service (ZNS) and the local prisons department.