SPECIAL Assistant to the President for Project Implementation and Monitoring Lucky Mulusa says it is sad that some government officers were operating in make-shift tents and under trees 50 years after Zambia’s independence.
ZANIS reports that Mr Mulusa who toured the new Ngabwe district in Central province yesterday to check on infrastructure development could not hold back tears when he found officers operating in tents while others work under trees.
Meanwhile, Mr Mulusa has pledged to contribute funds meant to buy him a vehicle towards the construction of office blocks in Ngabwe District.
He said the Patriotic Front (PF) Government is committed to ensuring that people across the country have access to decent services.
He said the late President Michael Sata saw the plight of the people in the area and declared Ngabwe a District.
Mr Mulusa said it was unfortunate that civil servants who had been deployed to the new district had failed to relocate due to lack of infrastructure.
Speaking when he toured Ngabwe district yesterday after paying a courtesy call on Chief Mukubo of the Lenje speaking people, Mr Mulusa said it was sad to see people operating in tents.
‘’I have decided to channel money allocated to my office for a new vehicle to the construction of office blocks, after touring the District it is sad to see that so many years after we got our independence people can be operating in tents”, Mr Mulusa said.
He said it was hard to believe that Ngabwe District has not seen any development since independence.
Meanwhile Central Province Permanent Secretary Edwidge Mutale who accompanied Mr Mulusa on the tour said officers deployed to the area had failed to move as there are no office blocks and decent accommodation for them.
Ms Mutale said the area has a number of challenges that need to be addressed for it to function effectively.
She said officers fail to sleep in tents as they fear of been attacked as the area has a high rate of criminal activities and the tents are so close to the bushes that snakes sneak into the tents at night.
Ms Mutale thanked Mr Mulusa for the gesture which she described as overwhelming considering the challenges that offices face in the area.