——–Ministry of Transport, Works Supply and Communication Permanent Secretary Muyenga Atanga has observed that the link Zambia 8000 will be incomplete if the country does not address the issue of water transport.
Dr Atanga says the country has large water bodies which have not been linked fully to the mainland thereby making it difficult for such areas to develop.
Dr Atanga says there is need to invest in water transport as well so that people in such areas are not left behind as the country is being linked.
ZANIS reports that the Permanent Secretary said this yesterday when he paid a courtesy call on Luapula Province Minister Brigadier General Benson Kapaya and Provincial Deputy Permanent Secretary Joyce Nsamba.
Dr Atanga said among the least developed provinces in the country are those with large water bodies which he said are hard to develop because they have not been opened up to the rest of the country.
He pointed out that in order to open up Luapula Province to the islands on Lake Bangweulu the Ministry of Transport, Works Supply and Communication plans to make the Bangweulu Water Transport a statutory body so that it is more effective.
He wondered how Lunga District can develop if the area keeps on transporting building materials on canoes adding that his ministry’s many focus will be to explore ways of effective transport and communication the area.
And Luapula Province Minister Brigadier Benson Kapaya appealed to the Permanent Secretary to work on the Nchelenge water transport which has not been functional for some time.
General Kapaya said the people of Kilwa Island have been hit by hunger due to lack of transport to transport food to the area.
The Transport, Works Supply and Communication Permanent Secretary is in Luapula province to check on water transport in the main water bodies among them Lake Bangweulu and Mweru.