Ngabwe district boundaries determined

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-Stakeholders in the implementation of the creation of Ngabwe district in Central Province have successfully determined the boundaries for the new district. The stakeholders have resolved that the new district be made up of two chiefdoms of Kapiri Mposhi district. During a meeting chaired by Kapiri Mposhi Central United Church of Zambia (UCZ), Rev Benson Chongo, to determine the boundaries and name for the newly created Ngabwe district held in Kapiri Mposhi yesterday, the stakeholders overwhelmingly resolved that Ngabwe and Mukubwe Chiefdoms comprise the new district. The meeting, which was attended by all the five chiefs of Kapiri Mposhi district, senior government officials, the Church, political parties and Civil Society Organisations (CSO) also recommended for the creation of a constituency in the area. The traditional leaders in attendance included Senior Chief Chipepo of the Lenje speaking people and chiefs Nkole and Mukonchi of the Swaka speaking people and Chiefs Ngabwe and Mukubwe of the Lamba speaking people. The meeting was convened by the Ministry of Local Government and Housing following President Michael Sata’s declaration of Ngabwe as a district last month when he visited the area. Pursuant to the Provincial and District Boundaries Act Cap 286 of the Laws of Zambia, President Sata on April 13, 2013, declared Ngabwe, which is situated about 300 Kilometres away from Kapiri Mposhi boma, as a district. Among other terms of reference the stakeholders’ meeting also considered were the availability of office accommodation for key government ministries and wards that will be taken to the newly established district. And a technical working group will soon be appointed to expedite the establishment of the new district. Central Province Local Government Officer, Alfred Nyambose, said the working group will spearhead the formation of the district and develop the descriptive narrations for the district boundaries. Meanwhile, chiefs Ngabwe and Mukubwe have welcomed the resolution by stakeholders that their chiefdoms consist the newly created district. Speaking to ZANIS after the stakeholders’ meeting the two traditional rulers stated that the move by President Sata to grant the area a district status will accelerate development and ease access to public services by the residents. However, the traditional leaders urged government departments to swiftly establish offices in the area to start providing public services to the residents.