Official calls for improved infrastructure in Kazungula

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Kazungula District Administrative Officer Muleya Siachinji has urged government to seriously consider commencing works at the harbor of Kazungula border post.

Mr Siachinji said the face of the Kazungula border post requires modification in a desirable standard as soon as possible ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UN WTO) general assembly to be co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe in August this year.

He expressed fear of embarrassment if the boarder remained in its current state as it will be visible to tourists.
 Mr Siachinji noted that Kazungula district despite being nearer to the hosting towns of Livingstone in Zambia and Victoria in Zimbabwe respectively has not seen serious preparations taking place.

He said so far, there is only an ongoing construction of five modern chalets and a restaurant that have reached advanced stages at Machenge fishing camp famous for its tiger fish in Mambova area adding that the site will be good for tourists attraction.

He however, expressed hope that government would deliver to people’s expectations by working on areas of interests the district had identified such as paving the trucking yard and the border post harbor before the UN WTO general assembly.

Meanwhile, the District Administrative Officer said government should also consider looking at the plight of Kazungula civil servants who commute on a daily basis from Livingstone town to Kazungula for work.

Mr Siachinji said there is need to put up housing units and office accommodation in Kazungula in order to meet workers demands which also includes reduced cost on transport expenses.

He said it was saddening to see how other new districts are developing leaving out older districts such as Kazungula which is now 14 years in existence but without infrastructure.

Mr Siachinji further said that government should consider providing means of transport such as a bus which should be run by the government departments affected so that workers can stop using private transport to and from work as it is currently the trend, resulting in reporting late for work.