— Mufumbwe community calls for development

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Mufumbwe community calls for development

Mufumbwe, August 28, 2014,  ZANIS—Several Community members in Mufumbwe district of North Western province have called on government to promote development in the district.

The community members from Kashima West, Matushi, and Kawama wards of Mufumbwe says government needs to build more schools and clinics, and sink more boreholes in the district to address poverty.

ZANIS reports that the community members made the call during a Rural Basket Stakeholders Meeting organised by the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) yesterday.

The meeting drew participation from councilors, royal establishment, and several heads of government departments  Matushi Ward Councilor, Jacob Kayona, called on government to re-evaluate the social cash transfer programme in Mufumbwe to ensure that it caters for people that were left out on the programme.

Mr Kayona alleged that certain individuals that were benefiting transfers on the programme did not appear to be as vulnerable as people who were left out like the disabled and elderly in his area.

Mr Kayona has since called on government to engage civic leaders before implementing its programmes because they are the ones on the grassroots level.

He affirmed that councillors need to be involved in government programmes to ensure that more people benefit from the various communities.

Evans Bulaya from Matushi called on government to set up a clinic in the area which would cater for all the people in matushi..

Mr Bulaya disclosed that the current clinic was not enough to cater for the vast ward which has seen people walking more than 8 kilometers  to access a health facility.

And Phillip Chabala Kawama called on government through the Disaster Management Committee to construct a bridge in the area that got damaged during the rainy season.

Mr Chabala says this has made it difficult for farmers to ferry maize to depots adding that this would affect food security in the district.

In a similar development, Tom Nkandu from Kashima west called on government intervention on the stalled construction of a secondary school in the area.

Mr Nkandu says the school has stalled at roof level after the contractor abandoned the project citing inadequate funds.