—-Chief Madzimawe of the Ngoni speaking people of Chipata district in Eastern Province has praised government for initiating various developmental projects aimed at uplifting the lives of people in rural areas.
Chief Madzimawe says since assuming power in 2011, the Patriotic Front (PF) government has shown commitment to improve the well-being of people through infrastructural development currently taking place countrywide.
Speaking when Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chileshe Mulenga, called on him at his palace, Chief Madzimawe noted that it is for this reason that people in the country should support the government in all its programmes.
He explained that traditional leaders have a significant role to play in ensuring that government is given maximum support in all its developmental agenda for the benefit of their subjects.
He noted that he is ready to work with the government of the day, adding that traditional leaders are like government workers who should embrace any government that comes into power.
The traditional leader said the PF government’s plan on infrastructural development in rural areas is the first of its kind hence the need to be supported.
And Chief Madzimawe has expressed concern over the two contractors working on the roads in his chiefdom.
The chief explained that contractors are doing shoddy works and using substandard materials on the roads leading to Kasenegwa Boarding Secondary School and the rural health centre respectively.
He has since called on government to quickly intervene and find a solution to the problem, adding that the roads have dilapidated.
And Dr Mulenga thanked the traditional leader for his pledge to work with government and assured him that government was doing everything possible to improve the welfare of chiefs in the country.
Dr Mulenga noted that government was pleased with the Chief’s approach to development.
He said it is difficult for government to operate effectively without the involvement of traditional leaders.
Meanwhile, Dr Mulenga has threatened to terminate the contract of Build Trust and Emanuel and Stenly Construction companies if they do not improve on the works that they are doing in Kasenegwa Constituency.
He noted that government is spending money to help build capacity in local contractors and foster the development in various parts of the country.
Dr Mulenga said it was against this background that it government will not hesitate to terminate such contracts and engage other contractors who will perform better for the benefit of members of the public.