Govt. committed to develop Eastern province – Mushala
Vubwi, March 21,2013, ZANIS — Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Bert Mushala says government was committed to working with the chiefs to foster development in the region.
And Chief Chinyaku of the Ngoni speaking people has appealed to government to work on Kanyanja dam which collapsed some time back.
Mr. Mushala noted that his office was aware that development can only be accelerated when traditional leaders were involved in developmental programmes.
ZANIS reports that the minister said this when he paid a courtesy call on chief Chinyaku at his palace yesterday.
Mr. Mushala stated that government was working hard to assist ZESCO replace machines at Kariba, Kafue Gorge and Itezhi- tezhi dams with a view to end load shedding.
He stated that the machines were absolute but once replaced service delivery on the part of ZESCO would be improved.
And the PS further said that many more secondary schools would be built to correspond with the number of students in conformity with government intentions of phasing out basic schools.
Mr. Mushala noted that once women in the area form women clubs government through the ministry of gender would provide hammer mills to assist them access the service closer to them.
He has since urged other business persons to take advantage of the conducive environment to do business by venturing in grinding mills.
The PS also assured the chief that all areas of concern like grading of roads, working on bridges and other needy areas would be tackled as government was committed to delivering development.
And speaking earlier, Chief Chinyaku appealed to government to work on Kanyanja dam which collapsed some time back.
Chief Chinyaku complained that despite bringing the issue to government’s attention for a long time, the dam has not been worked on making it difficult for villagers around that area to do gardening because of lack of water,
He stated that the community was more than ready to contribute upfront materials to make the project a success.
The traditional leader also highlighted the need to have a maize depot in the area to enable villagers be able to get fertilizer and sell produce within reach.
He stated that a slab was already in place and that, what was remaining was pockets of cement to have it completed, saying, people in the area were more than willing to have a market depot at Kanyanja as they walked long distances to Feni and Kalunga Farmers Training Centre (FCT) to sell their produce.