Govt happy with reconstruction of Chaboli dam

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—–Government is impressed with the quality of works currently going on at Chaboli Dam in chief Phikamalaza’s area in Lundazi district of Eastern Province.

Mines, Energy and Water Development, Permanent Secretary, George Zulu, says government was happy with good quality and prudent utilisation of the KR455,000 by the Department of Water Affairs to reconstruct the Chaboli dam that was washed away in 1986 following heavy rains.

Mr Zulu was speaking over the weekend when he inspected the 196.123.6m3 capacity Chaboli Dam under reconstruction by the Department of Water Affairs.

He said the Patriotic Front [PF] government was committed to providing clean drinking water not only to people of Chaboli Ward but also to surrounding wards and communities, hence the release of KR455,000=00 by government last year to rebuild the dam.

The Permanent Secretary revealed that the Department of Water Affairs will soon recruit more water engineers to speed up various dam construction works in the country.

Mr Zulu, however, noted that government was disappointed with some contractors engaged to construct dams due to poor workmanship.

And Provincial Water Engineer, Charles Sanga, observed that the absence of Chaboli dam had a negative effect on the local community that used to travel long distances in search of water.

Mr Sanga said once completed, Chaboli dam will provide water for cattle, people’s daily chores, fresh fish gardening, and empower villagers economically.