State assessing damage to Chieftainess Malembeka’s palace

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THE Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications has sent a team to assess the damage to Chieftainess Malembeka’s palace before rehabilitation could begin.
This follows Chieftainess Malembeka’s complaint of leakages at her palace during former Vice-President Guy Scott’s visit.
Copperbelt permanent secretary Howard Sikwela said in Mpongwe on Friday when he paid a courtesy on the chieftainess that the officers would assess the damage before money is sourced for repairs.
“I am here to make a follow-up on our early visit with the then vice-president where you raised concern on the leaking roof.
“As Government, we have an obligation to look after our traditional leaders.
“We are grateful that you are actually working with the government of the day and that you have always worked with governments in power,” Reverand Sikwela said.
Speaking through her advisor Alexander Katumoya, Chieftainess Malembeka thanked Government for responding to her request to resolve the problem at the palace.
And Rev. Sikwela has urged students at Kwilimuna Youth Skills Training Centre in Mpongwe not to belittle the courses they are undertaking at the institution.
“Do not belittle whatever you are doing, it is a step towards the future,” Rev Sikwela said when addressing students.
“I never undermined my career as a teacher. Give yourselves an opportunity, protect yourselves,” he said and advised women to guard themselves from matters that can ruin their lives while trying to pursue careers.
And centre manager Patrick Mulenga said construction of new classrooms has reached an advanced stage and would be completed in August this year.
“We are thankful to the Government who gave us K11, 000 to build two-four classroom blocks, hostels, an ablution block and a sports complex which are underway,” he said.
Mr Mulenga said once the project is completed, the centre will offer more courses than the ones currently being offered.
The centre opened in 2012 and has so far trained about 300 youths in general agriculture and computing.


Zambia Daily Mail