Lafarge Zambia Limited has donated a total of 6,000 bags of cement worth K270 million (KR 270,000) to the Livingstone City Council to help in infrastructure development in the tourist capital ahead of the United Nations World Tourism General Assembly (UNWTO) this year.
And Lafarge Company Limited through its agent Sunhails International limited says it has stocked about 180,000 bags of cement for construction of various infrastructures by both government and private individuals.
Handing over the cement to Livingstone City Council today, Southern Region Lafarge Sales Consultant Cynthia Zulu said the company was happy to contribute towards the improvement of infrastructure development in readiness for the hosting of the prestigious event in August this year.
Ms Zulu said the donation was part of the company’s social responsibility and expressed hope that the donation will be put to good use in an effort to improve the status of the community roads,
markets and other infrastructure in the city.
Ms Zulu also reaffirmed the company’s commitment to support government’s infrastructural development agenda across the country to ensure that it was realized.
“Lafarge is pleased to donate this cement to be used in the rehabilitation of roads and other infrastructure to ensure that the city improves on its infrastructure in readiness for the UNWTO this
year,” said Ms Zulu.
“We also want to reaffirm our commitment to support government’s infrastructural development efforts across the country and in particular the city of Livingstone,” added Ms Zulu.
Part of the donation comprises 600 bags of cement in good state while 5,400 bags are in a caked form to be used for road rehabilitation.
Receiving the donations, Livingstone City Town Clerk Vivian Chikoti thanked the company for the gesture saying it will go a long way in helping the local authority work on damaged roads, markets, police posts and other infrastructure which are not part of the UNWTO capital projects.
She said part of the caked cement will go towards rehabilitation of 20 roads which the council had already started working on.
And Sunhails Manager said the agent had enough stocks of cement for government, individuals and private sectors involved in construction industry.
He said the agent will continue to transport more cement as demand for the commodity increase ahead of the UNWTO.
Meanwhile, Ms Chikoti who is also District Electoral Officer said ballot papers that were sent back to Lusaka following the postponement of the Livingstone Central by-elections from 28th February to 14th March will be transported back to Livingstone on Tuesday, 12th March, 2013.
Ms Chikoti however, said time for inspection of the ballot boxes and papers will be communicated to all stakeholders as soon as possible.
She also said the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) will continue to sensitize all stakeholders on the need to religiously adhere to the electoral code of conduct and stop any form of campaigning.
“We have continued to sensitise all major stakeholder to religiously adhere to the electoral code of conduct and stop any form of campaigning and am happy to say that there has been tremendously
compliance so far,” said Ms Chikoti.
The Livingstone By-election being contested by UPND candidate, Regina Musokotwane, PF candidate Lawrence Evans, UNIP candidate Green Mwanagombe, and MMD candidate Fred Siasutwe was differed by the ECZ after political violence erupted resulting in the death of a PF cadre Harrison Chanda.