—Local Government and Housing Permanent Secretary, Chileshe Mulenga, says government will remain steadfast in the provision of clean water, safe sanitation and other essential services to cities, towns and district centres across the country.
Mr Mulenga said this is in line with the Patriotic Front (PF) manifesto and President Michael Sata’s vision and commitment to the provision of essential services to all the people of Zambia, especially the less privileged.
The Permanent Secretary said this in statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today, where he announced the newly appointed board members for the eleven water utility companies.
Mr Mulenga noted that the appointment of board members for the utility companies is expected to address the governance challenges that managements of the companies contended with while they operated without the board of directors.
He explained that the appointment of the board of directors for the utility companies was based on a broad consultative process aimed at selecting suitable members representing a cross section of stakeholders.
Mr Mulenga added that the board members are also expected to drive the water utility companies towards improved provision of clean water, safe sanitation to the under- deserved and poorly served high density, low income communities in cities and towns, which house the bulk of the urban poor.
He indicated that a total number of 113 board members have been appointed to the boards out of which 27 are females.