—Chieftainess Muwezwa of the Ila people of Itezhi Tezhi district in Central Province has joined other traditional Chiefs in the district in supporting the appointment of their Member of Parliament Greyford Monde as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock.
Chieftainess Muwezwa said this in a speech read on her behalf by her Senior Headman Mwashimabula in Makunku area in Itezhi Tezhi when Mr Monde paid a courtesy call on him at his home.
“Chieftainess Muwezwa who is not feeling too well has congratulated you on your appointment and we thank President Sata for appointing you as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock. The Muwezwa Royal Establishment expresses gratitude and we hereby resolve to support you to the end” Chieftainess Muwezwa said.
She said that the Muwezwa Royal establishment is excited that the PF government is showing leadership by appointing youths in government.
“Muwezwa Royal Establishment will support the government for appointing youths in ministerial positions because these are the same people who massively voted for this government,” she further said.
The traditional leader however bemoaned the bad state of roads and recurrent water problems affecting the people in the area.
She said that roads leading to the Chief’s palace, schools and agricultural areas are in a bad state and needed urgent repair.
“We also need government to address mobile communication problems that we are facing. We have no reliable mobile network in the area and we want government to influence mobile service providers to put up masts here so that communication could be improved” she added.
And Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Greyford Monde said that government has procured a grader from South Africa at a cost of KR1.7 million which will be used for improving the road network in the district.
He said that the grader which will be delivered in two week’s time will be sent to all wards to ensure each ward in the district improves all the key roads..
On perennial water problems in Makunku area, Mr. Monde said that government has procured a drilling rig though the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) that will be used to drill boreholes in the wards.
“We have spent half a billion kwacha to procure a drilling rig which will be used to drill boreholes. In the past district councils depended on private drillers who charged exorbitant prices for drilling but now the procurement of the rigs will enable the council to drill enough boreholes in the district” Mr. Monde explained.