2)–Residents demand release of ambulance

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— Dozens of Salanga village residents in Mulele ward of  Mwansabombwe district yesterday matched to the District Commissioner’ s office demanding the release of an ambulance bought using Constituency Development Funds (CDF) early this year.

The residents who matched from Salanga to Kazembe in Mwansabombwe carried  banners demanding to  know why the ambulance delivered to Mwansabombwe last March has not been released to Salanga.

The residents who were accompanied by Mulele Ward Councilor, Dimus Bwalya also wanted to know why residents of Kazembe have continued to use the two ambulances while the residents of Salanga are suffering when faring patients from the villages to Mbereshi Mission Hospital.

And speaking on behalf of the residents Mulele Ward Councilor Dimus Bwalya said the women of Salanga are the most affected because the lack of an ambulance in the ward was resulting in pregnant mothers delivering in the bush while being taken to hospital.

He said  the Area Member of Parliament, Rodgers Mwewa made it clear during the youth day celebrations  that the three ambulances in the district be shared equally but that nothing has been done to ensure that the ambulance is delivered as promised.

He wondered why the ambulance bought using CDF and meant for Salanga was still working in Kazembe when there is another ambulance there.

He said provision of an ambulance in his ward was  necessary as it would reduce the number of maternal deaths especially in Mulele and Chipunka wards.

Meanwhile,  Mwansabombwe District Commissioner, Victor Kasuba could not talk to the demonstrators as he said their action was illegal.

The angry residents only called off their demonstration after Mwansabombwe police told them to end it.