— Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Peter Kasanda has called for serious development of the beef industry in Namwala district.
Dr Kasanda says this is because the district has great potential to contribute to the economic development of the country because it has a big cattle population.
The Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet was speaking in Namwala when he led a team comprising Southern Province Permanent Secretary Dr Mulenga Chileshe and Permanent Secretary in the vice Presidents office Dr Simon Miti who were on a mission to assess the extent to which the directives and pronouncements of President Micheal Sata in Southern Province have been carried out.
Dr.Kasanda said that apart from beef, the hides from cattle can be used to make shoes at an international level for export purposes.
He said that government is committed to making sure that the beef industry grows in Namwala district and other parts of the country.
Meanwhile, Dr.Kasanda also explained that government has retained the abuse of office clause which was removed by the previous regime because it wants to fight corruption so that money meant for projects government is used for the intended purposes.
The team also visited Namwala Primary school built in 2008 but is not yet opened because it was built on a water logged area and needs extra funds for additional plans.
And Southern Province Permanent Secretary Dr Chileshe Mulenga proposed that an engineering team should be sent to sort out the sewer problem which was built on a water logged area for fear that further delays to open the school could lead to vandalism.
The team also visited Namwala district hospital where phase one of the new hospitals has been completed while foundation works for phase three have already commenced.
And Namwala district Commissioner Gevar Nsanzya told the team that the district is very happy with pronouncements such as bringing the provincial capital to Choma for administrative convenience.