10 DECEMBER, 2020
Choma Maanu Radio Station
The long awaited Choma Bus Station has today been officially commissioned and opened to the public for use.
Speaking during the official commissioning of the Bus station, Southern province Minister Honourable Edify Hamukale in a speech read on his behalf by Southern province Deputy Secretary Kennedy Mubanga thanked the German government for the grant that was given to the Zambian government. The Minister said that this has been possible because of the relationship that His excellence the President Edgar Lungu shares with the German government.
The Minister also urged People of Choma and southern province to maintain and guard the facility jealously. He has called on the local council to use the Bus Station to generate more revenue and sustain salaries for the council workers.
The minister also directed the council not to allow cadres run the operations of the Bus Station saying that the council Police and Zambia Police through the Traffic department to make sure that all illegal Bus Stops are completely stopped from operating so that the council can maximize revenue.
And German Ambassador Dr. Anne Wagner-Mitchell said that German is Zambia’s lead partner in implementation of its decentralization policy with support at the national level, technical assistance to councils and specific investments such the bus station. The ambassador also said that Germany is southern province long standing partner alongside Luapula and Eastern provinces have the strong engagement in the provinces. She stated that Germany government negotiations and development cooperation have made significant new commitments of approximately 50 million euro, including water sanitation and further decentralization projects including climate change.
And His Worship the mayor of Choma Haven Simooloka told the German delegation that People of Choma are very happy and thankful to the federal government of German for the gesture.
He said that the Bus station fit well in the Choma Municipal Council five year strategic plan.
Chief Cooma also thanked the two governments of Zambia Germany for continued support rendered to the people of Zambia particularly his Chiefdom.
In attendance was senior government officials, PF and UPND officials and supporters and the general public.