Southern Province Minister, Daniel Munkombwe, has warned that the UPND-controlled Choma Municipal Council risks being dissolved if it fails to implement the Patriotic Front (PF) government development agenda.
Mr Munkombwe says even if the local authority is run by the opposition councillors, it is duty bound to implement all developmental programmes initiated by the PF government without inertia.
He was speaking in Choma today when town Mayor, Geoffrey Makwamba, and Town Clerk, Mwiya Mwiya, took him on a conducted tour of sites for the proposed new bus terminus and housing complex.
Mr Munkombwe said government will not hesitate to dissolve the council if it is seen that the institution is blocking the PF government development agenda.
The minister said Government is in a hurry to provide necessary infrastructure in the new provincial capital of Choma.
The council has engaged an investor, Fallsway Timber Limited Group of companies, to construct a modern bus terminus, 250 housing units and other facilities in a project expected to gobble more than US$ 13 million.
Fallsway Timber Group of Companies chairman, Vora Shyam, informed Mr Munkombwe that the project will kick off immediately with the first batch of housing units being ready for occupation by December this year.
The company, which has sourced external financing, will implement the project under the Public Private Partnership concept.
Mr Shyam said the project will also include construction of a school, clinic, shopping complex, medium and low cost houses.
The minister directed the mayor and the town clerk to ensure the project is quickly implemented so that people and facilities can be moved from Livingstone to Choma without delay.