Government reaffirms commitment to improve infrastructure

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–Home Affairs Deputy Minister, Nixon Chilangwa, says government is committed to improving infrastructural development in all sectors of the economy across the country.

Mr Chilangwa said it is for this reason that government has taken a bold decision of removing both fuel and maize subsidies so that money raised can be channelled towards improving infrastructure in social and economic sectors across the country.

He was speaking during his familiarization tour of Kipushi border post in Solwezi yesterday.

Mr Chilangwa said people in rural areas need to see change in terms of social service delivery in health and education among others, adding that it is unacceptable to see Kipushi, which is a busiest border post, with no proper office and housing infrastructure for civil servants.

He expressed displeasure that the police mobile unit operating at the border post has no proper office accommodation and housing units, saying this compromises national security.

Mr Chilangwa, therefore, encouraged civil servants working at Kipushi border post not to engage themselves in corrupt practices in their execution of duty despite many challenges they are faced with and assured them that government will do every possible to improve the situation.

Kipushi border post Immigration Officer In-charge, Brighton Swangiso, said accommodation and erratic water supply are some of the many pressing challenges civil servants in the area are faced with.

Mr Swangiso said since November last year, water is supplied to them only once in a month and appealed to government to electrify the seven new houses for immigration officers and work on the Solwezi-Kipushi border road which is in a deplorable state.

North-western Province Immigration Regional Officer, Mufalali Nasilele, said Kipushi is one of the busiest border posts in the province where illegal border crossing is minimal due to increased man power in his department.

Mr Nasilele said the department of immigration has constructed seven new houses for its workers which will soon be handed over to government to ease accommodation problem in the area.