Mkushi North residents seeks solution to their problems
Mkushi, July 6, ZANIS ——Residents in various parts of Mkushi North constituency have highlighted water supply, road infrastructure as well as farming business amongst issues for parliamentary candidates to champion.
Residents in Musofu, Kasokota and Chisanga areas presented their concerns during interviews with ZANIS today.
In Kasokota, James Mulenga cited shortage of water points as the top ranking aspiration from the community, explaining that Kasokota had been experiencing a rapid growth of population in recent times.
Mr Mulenga said that there was need for candidates for Mkushi North Parliamentary By-elections as well as the Nkumbi Local Government By-elections to champion the issue of water as Kasokota had only two functional Bore holes serving 3,000 people.
He said that the issue of inadequate safe clean water required urgent attention as water was cardinal to the well being of residents in any part of the world.
Meanwhile in Chisanga area, Beris Mooya ranked road infrastructure as the major issue for pariamentary candidates to address charging that the Chisanga – Kalombe road had never received attention for more than two decades.
Mr Mooya said that the road in question was of economic importance to the well being of residents of Chisanga and Kalombe areas and a location strategically to link Mkushi and Ndola districts.
He lamented that the road had been overlooked for a long time despite being presented by the communities as the priority aspiration.
And in Musofu, Turner Tebulo of Kankonka cooperative cited small scale agriculture business as the most pertinent issue that required to be championed by the Parliamentary candidates.
Mr Tebulo observed that small scale farming was the major livelihood amongst residents of Mkushi North constituency, saying that it was therefore imperative for Parliamentarians to champion the plight of small scale farmers.
He said that small scale farmers generally hoped for improvements to their plight in aspects such as an increase in the number of Farmer Input Support Program (FISP) fertiliser bags.
He said that improvements also needed to be addressed with regards to prompt payments from Food Reserve Agency (FRA) to farmers who sold their maize to the institution.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia had set 25th July as the date for Mkushi North By-elections as well as the Nkumbi Ward By-elections in Mkushi district.