The Ministry of Local Government has released over K64, 000 for the construction of the Musele-Katuta Road in Chief Katuta of the abena Mukulu tribe in Luwingu district in Northern Province.
This came to light during a planning workshop for Luwingu district planners held at Wamulungwe Guest House in Kasama today.
Acting Director of Works at Luwingu Council, Biswell Mupeyo disclosed that the road project is meant to make the district accessible to Katuta.
Mr Mupeyo said if the road is rehabilitated it will ease the delivery of farm inputs, health services and other social amenities to the community in the area.
He explained that, last year the government also released funds for the periodic maintenance of the Chepeshi-Shimumbi and Fikonkota-Chifwile roads in Luwingu district.
Mr Mupeyo disclosed that the grading of these two roads has reached an advanced stage although there were some delays in the release of funds by the ministry of local government.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Local Government and Housing has engaged two contractors to sink 45 boreholes in some selected parts of Luwingu district to alleviate the water crises the district is currently experiencing.
Water and sanitation Coordinator, Kedrick Makukula said the ministry has engaged two contractors JX international Engineering Corporation Limited and Zambezi drilling and exploration limited to do the 45 boreholes in Lubansenshi and Lupososhi constituencies.
Mr. Makukula said the council was disappointed with JX international Engineering Corporation Limited which was tasked to drill 23 boreholes for failing to mobilize equipment to the point of the council threatening to terminate the contract.
He said after a Chinese company mobilized its equipment the contractor drilled the boreholes which later all collapsed.
Mr. Makukula said the contractor has since communicated to the council to redo the works after receiving new equipment while a local contractor Zambezi drilling and exploration limited has successfully completed drilling 22 boreholes in various locations in the district.
And Luwingu District Administrative officer Deodatus Munsungwe has confirmed the developmental projects taking place in the district and has thanked government for the gesture of good will it has extended to the people of Luwingu.
He has since appealed to the residents to remain calm during this mourning period adding that government will continue implementing the developmental programmes initiated by the late President Michael Sata.