Edgar Lungu rebukes Chama Boarding Sec. over deforestation

Cutting Tree for Charcoal
Cutting Tree for Charcoal

January 23 – President Edgar Lungu has castigated Chama Boarding Secondary School authorities for what he termed as ‘ laiz- fair’ leadership and attitude.

President Lungu expressed disappointment that the school administration has opted to indiscriminately cut down trees for use as firewood for cooking meals for the pupils.

The visibly unhappy President Lungu wondered why K92, 000 electric-pots at the school were not connected with electricity when the learning institution has electricity.

This came to light today when President Lungu toured and inspected the kitchen and other pieces of infrastructure which government is undertaking.

The electric-pots at Chama Boarding Secondary School were bought six years ago but they are allegedly lying idle when they are supposed to be connected to electricity.

President Lungu and his delegation found logs piled as firewood at the institution when the government is fighting to address climate change challenges.

‘’Why so many trees for firewood? You school administration help government address issues of the environment through climate change instead of cutting down of trees,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the school authorities told Mr. Lungu that the institution has no money to pay Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) to connect the pots.

It is alleged that the electric pots consume a lot of power hence the school is challenged by this fact.

Chama District Commissioner Leonard Ngoma said the government would secure money to pay ZESCO so that the electric pots can be used.

Meanwhile, the traditional leadership in Chama district has appealed to President Lungu to consider dividing the district into two because it was vast.

Chief Lundu of the Senga people, who spoke on behalf of other chiefs, proposed that Chirumba and Mutongozi be turned into district status.

The traditional leaders said the vastness of the district was allegedly denying the people an opportunity to benefit from government programmes.

In response, President Lungu said he would direct planners from the Ministry of Infrastructure to conduct feasibility studies in relation to demarcating Chama District.

The head of state however assured that government would complete all developmental projects in the district

He disclosed that Chama district would benefit from the 1,009 communication towers which government would construct this year to enhance communication thereby accelerate national development.

Mr. Lungu said the government would rehabilitate all the feeder roads in Chama district and the country as a whole noting that a good road network enhances development.

Later, the head of state held a private meeting with the chiefs.

Senior chief Kambombo, chiefs Chifunda, Chikwe, Chibale, Tembwe and Mulilo attended the meeting.