Govt. won’t compensate Kuku flood victim-Mwango

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Government has maintained that it will not compensate any person who will fall victim to floods in Lusaka’s Kuku compound.

Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice President Davies Mwango said some of the Kuku residents were told to vacant the prone flood areas in order to facilitate the construction of drainages.

Mr. Mwango said government attaches great importance to the lives of its citizens hence the endangered residents should comply with government which aims at easing their lives.

He said this shortly after he inspected the drainages in Kuku compound today.

Mr. Mwango, who was accompanied by Lusaka District Commissioner Ashel Kampengele, Lusaka City Council Director of Engineering Services Gilbert Sendama, Nkoloma Ward One Councillor Lawrence Sichalwe, Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) and senior government officials, also visited Kuku market, residential areas, Ngwenya and the famous Blue water dams.

The visibly annoyed Deputy Minister was irked that the people in the area had not yet moved to safer places even though they were informed to vacate flood prone areas.

He said the people of kuku and Chawama areas were threatened with diseases such as cholera and typhoid.

Mr. Mwango is next week scheduled inspect drainages in Kanyama compound in Lusaka as part of his continued familiarisation tour.

Meanwhile, Nkoloma Ward One Councillor Lawrence Sichalwe also regretted that some roads that were earmarked to have drainages have allegedly been ignored by the supervising consultant, the Road Development Agency (RDA).

Meanwhile, the construction of drainages at Chawama clinic and market has stalled following the alleged refusal by a named businessman to give way because he fears he would be affected.

Chawama Ward-Two Councillor Photifer Tembo said it was difficult to demolish some structures because of the same business executive.

But Mr. Mwango directed the local authority to work closely with Chawama Member of Parliament Edgar Lungu and the civic leader so that the issue of drainages is dealt with once and for all.

And Lusaka City Council Director of Engineering Services Gilbert Sendama assured the Deputy Minister that his council has got enough equipment to carry out the drainage works.