Kasempa funding to be haulted
Kasempa, May 10, ZANIS ——– Government says no projects would be funded in Kasempa district until investigations are conducted on some government funded projects which have stalled since 2010.
Government has since directed Kasempa District Council Secretary Patson Kapoba to conduct investigations into the 10 low cost houses and the Revenue Hall Collection which are of poor standard.
Local Government and Housing Deputy Minister Folly Tembo who toured some council projects in Kasempa expressed disappointment at the poor structures and condemned the buildings attributing them to mismanagement of government funds by some council staff.
Among the project visited was the 10 low cost houses constructed at a cost of KR700,000 (K700 million) which have stalled since 2010 and the construction of Muselepete market which only received KR100,000 (K100 million) in 2011.
Mr Tembo also recommended for the suspension of some officers who are allegedly involved in mismanagement of government money in order to pave way for investigations.
“I can assure you that as long as the culprits are still in those offices they will start losing documents which would make it difficult for the security people to investigate,” he said.
Mr Tembo who is also Nyimba Member of Parliament wondered why his constituency managed to construct 10 low cost housing units with the same amount of money as Kasempa but could not finish.
He said people often lose confidence in the local authority once government money has been misappropriated and hence called on the Council Secretary to correct the situation by ensuring his name is not dragged into the matter.
“I know one culprit is in Kawambwa and he was called to come here but refused which to us we take as being guilty,” he charged.
And Kasempa District Council Secretary Patson Kapoba explained that the 10 low cost houses have stalled since 2010 because the final tranche of KR 300,000 (K300 million) has not yet been released by government, adding that the total amount was KR1 million (K1 billion).