—-Senanga district has finally weaned the newly created Nalolo district which was still under its management.
This was done today after sharing of assets, liabilities and human resources between the two districts in Senanga council chamber.
Senanga Council Secretary, Reagan Kalumba, disclosed in a special full council meeting that Senanga District Council has decided to give Nalolo district movable assets such as a Keep Zambia Campaign vehicle, Toyota Corolla, 15 bicycles and ten wheel bins.
Mr Kalumba also pointed out that the parent council has also given Nalolo District Council six tables and six chairs, including a desk top computer, one printer and one laptop.
He said two houses for fish levy collectors and council barrier at Muoyo have also been given to Nalolo district under fixed assets.
Mr Kalumba further said Senanga District Council management proposed to second ten members of staff to Nalolo district for the period of six months, adding that during that period the seconded officers shall be retained on Senanga pay roll as provided for in the ministerial guideline dated December 24, 2013.
He also stated that management had also proposed that the newly created district of Nalolo should have its administrative offices in Muoyo at the former District Commissioner’s house.
Meanwhile, Nalolo Member of Parliament, who is also Minister for Gender and Child Development, Inonge Wina, said the splitting of the two districts is a special day for both areas because resources from the central government will be shared equally in both districts without one feeling discriminated.
“For a very long time, Nalolo district felt as if it was an underdog but now the fruits of development will be seen in both districts and this will excite the people,” said Ms Wina.
She appealed to Senanga district not to neglect Nalolo District which it has created, as the new district is still under a learning process.
Ms Wina also implored Senanga councillors to work in unity with Nalolo councillors as they start a new foundation.
She, however, pointed out that if equity was to be exercised it was prudent for Senanga District Council to have given the list of assets it has before deciding to give the assets it has given to Nalolo.
But Senanga Council Secretary, Reagan Kalumba, quoted one of the Ministry of Local Government and Housing’s ministerial guidelines under movable assets which states that depending on the number of motor vehicles, motorbikes and bicycles which are runners, a decision should be made by the parent councils to give the new council an agreed number of the movable assets.
Mr Kalumba said sharing was also done after considering the number of runner movable vehicles that Senanga had.
After a debate and voting from councillors, outgoing Senanga District Council Chairperson, Michael Mundia, decided that only ten more chairs would be added to the six so that they could also cater for Nalolo councillors.
Mr Mundia also thanked the councillors for debating in a mature way, adding that it is a requirement by law that whenever a new district is created sharing of assets, liabilities and human resource should be done with the parent district.
Last year, the Republican President, Michael Sata, declared 29 nine areas across the country as districts pursuant to the powers vested in the Head of State under the provincial and district boundaries Act Chapter, 286 of the Laws of Zambia.
In a another development, Minister of Gender and Child Development, Inonge Wina, has donated three ploughs worth K420 each to three women groups, among them Swalisano women’s group in Senanga district.
Ms Wina said government is committed to ensuring that women are empowered so that they can sustain themselves.
Meanwhile, Swalisano women group chairperson, Wamumweya Namayunga, thanked the minister for the gesture which the group did not expect, saying the ploughs, which have come at the right time, will assist in their farming activities.