Absence of government heads of department annoys DC


Kabwe District Commissioner Patrick Chishala has expressed disappointment at some heads of government departments who failed to attend the World AIDS Day commemoration.

Mr Chishala said he was not ready to work with people who are not committed to working with the Patriotic Front government.


Speaking before delivering his speech during the World AIDS Day celebrations at the civic centre grounds, the District Commissioner questioned why some heads of government departments were not present and directed the District Administrative Officer to give him a list of those present.


“I am not ready to work with people who are not willing to work with the PF government, we are too small to derail government programmes,” he said.


He added that “We are mere servants of the people and we should be ready to offer a service to our masters at any time,” he added.


And in his speech, Mr Chishala said the HIV prevalence in young women aged 15-24 years is estimated at four times more than men of the same age group.


He said in Kabwe where all health centres providing VCT services HIV prevalence in the adult population rate is at 22.5 per cent compared to rural areas 11 per cent.


Mr Chishala advised all stake holders to heighten their fight against the scourge.


And Mr Chishala together with Kabwe Central Member of Parliament James Kapyanga underwent VCT and asked that their results be made public to encourage others to go for VCT.