Govt releases K64 000 for Musele/Katuta road works in Luwingu District
Luwingu, 3rd November 2014-ZANIS- Government has released about K64, 000 for the construction of the much talked about Musele/Katuta road in chief Katuta of the abena Mukulu tribe in Luwingu district of the Northern Province.
And Local government and housing ministry 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.
This was heard during a planning workshop for Luwingu district planners held at Wamulungwe guest house in Kasama today.
It was heard that government has released the funds to grade the road from Musele in Luapula province connecting Katuta and other areas in the Northern Province.
Presenting on behalf of the Luwingu council, acting Director of Works, Biswell Mupeyo disclosed that the ministry of local government has released the funds to construct the Musele/Katuta road in order to make it accessible to Katuta.
Mr Mupeyo said if the road is rehabilitated it will ease the delivery of farm inputs, health services and other government services to the community in the area.
He explained that, last year the government also released funds through the ministry of local government and housing for the periodic maintenance of Chepeshi/Shimumbi and Fikonkota/Chifwile roads in Luwingu district.
Mr Mupeyo disclosed that the grading of these two roads have reached an advanced stage though there are some delays in the release of funds by the ministry of local government.
Meanwhile, 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 that 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 do 23 boreholes as it had problems in mobilizing equipment to the point that council wanted to end the works.
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 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 Chilufya Sata in the district and across the country.