Chief Macha of the Tonga speaking people in Choma District of Southern Province has called on government to drill more boreholes in his area.
Chief Macha said access to clean and safe drinking in his chiefdom is still a challenge and women are the most hit as they travel long distances to fetch the commodity.
He said people have to walk long distances to fetch water, a move he says is not encouraging especially after 50 years of independence.
Chief Macha disclosed this when Deputy Minister in the office of the Vice Presiden,t Davies Mwango, paid a courtesy call on him.
Chief Macha said he was humbled with the visit by the Deputy Minister, saying he is optimistic he will address the challenges his chiefdom is facing.
He further pointed out that since independence his Chiefdom has never had a government owned school.
Chief Macha said the area only has schools which have been built by the Church and the area has not received any infrastructural development.
The traditional leader wondered why his area has been neglected from various developmental projects when other surrounding areas were doing fine.
He said there is need to share the national cake equally and to ensure that everyone benefits from national resources.
Chief Macha further called on government to speed up the process of constructing chiefs’ palaces as he is staying in his private house.
Meanwhile, Mr Mwango assured Chief Macha of government support in ensuring that the area is developed.
Mr Mwango said government will ensure that bridges are rehabilitated in the shortest possible time before the onset of the rains.
The Deputy Minister, who is on a tour of Southern Province, also paid a courtesy call on Chief Singani of Choma district.