Chipata Central Member of Parliament Ruben Mtolo has praised government for releasing K700, 000 towards the procurment of four skip trucks to enhance the Keep Zambia clean campaign.
Speaking when he inspected developmental projects in his constituency yesterday, Mr Mtolo said the skip trucks will enhance the collection of garbage in various parts of the constituency.
He noted that heaps of uncollected garbage was piling in some parts of the constituency saying this was posing a health hazard especially in densely populated areas.
Mr Mtolo said the heaps of uncollected garbage in Mchini and Navutika compounds and Saturday market pose a threat of water borne diseases.
And Mr Mtolo has expressed concern over the reluctance by communities in the urban setup to provide upfront materials for developmental programmes hence delaying Constituency Development Fund (CDF) funded projects.
Mr Mtolo noted that communities in the urban setup have been reluctant to provide the required 25 percent for CDF funded projects.
He cited the construction of a river crossings bridge worth K60, 000 in Kapata ward as one project which has delayed due to the community’s reluctance to contribute towards the project.
“The project was supposed to have started in November last year but we are still waiting for the local community to provide sand and crushed stones for putting up of the culverts,” he said.
He said there is need to find other means in which such projects can go ahead without any contribution from the community.