Southern Province Minister Dr Edify Hamukale says the government was in the process of sourcing funds to complete the Monze- Nieko Road to ease the transportation of people and their goods between the Monze and Namwala Districts.
And New Southern Province Permanent Secretary Ms Joyce Nsamba has urged all civil servants in the province to desist from involving themselves in politics but instead focus on their duties for which they were employed.
Speaking yesterday during a meeting to introduce Ms Nsamba to Heads of Government Departments, the business houses and other stakeholders at Golden Pillow Lodge , Dr Hamukale said the government remains committed to complete the road that was of significant economic importance to the two Districts and the country at large.
He explained that both Namwala and Monze Districts had huge potential in the agriculture, livestock and tourism sectors adding that a good road network was imperative to bolster economic activities in the two districts.
Dr Hamukale noted that the Patriotic Front (PF) will continue to pride itself for bringing much needed development in Monze through the upgrading of townships roads, construction of schools, and health facilities among others.
The Minister turned his attention to the council and implored it to expedite the construction of the bus station which was at 98 per cent to complement infrastructure development in the District.
He also urged the local authority to sustain the Keep Monze Clean and green campaign to prevent any water borne disease such as cholera.
“Government is in the process of sourcing funds to complete the Nieko-Monze road which is an important road to spar and sustain economic activities in the two Districts. And I must also say that the PF government will continue to pride itself on bringing much needed development to Monze District in almost all sectors such as health, education, road infrastructure including the Presidential Milling Plant among others,” said Dr Hamukale.
“I also want to urge the council to be on its toes to continue implementing the Keep Zambia Clean Campaign to prevent any water borne diseases,” he added.
The Minister bemoaned the high rate of cattle rustling in the District and called for closer collaboration and support from the local community in fighting the perpetual vice that threatens the livestock sector.
Dr Hamukale further directed the Zambia police and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks to work together to fight cattle theft especially in Chief Hamusonde’ area.
And Ms Nsamba advised civil servants to work hard and continue to provide services in a non-partisan manner.
She pledged to work with all stakeholders in Monze District to deliver to the expectation of the people adding that the government needs everyone on its drive to bring meaningful development across the country.
She also said the government was overwhelmed with applicants seeking jobs in the public service saying this a clear demonstration that the PF government was hard working and on the right path to social and economic growth.
“ I want to leave a mark here in Southern Province , but I can only do that when we work together for the common good of bringing development and as you are aware government alone cannot do everything on its on- it depends on all of you stakeholders to work together to take the country greater to heights,” said Ms Nsamba.
Meanwhile during presentations, District Education Board Secretary Dr Munakasaka Chikuba said 15 boys and girls tested positive for CoronaVirus but were treated and released while one Teacher at Bana Kaila primary school who tested positive was still in quarantine receiving treatment.
She pointed out that while all schools in the District were disinfected and provided with personal protective equipment (PPEs) prior to opening on 1st February, most learning institutions still had challenges in maintaining social distances due to inadequate school infrastructure and staffing.
Acting District Director of Health Mr. Kelson Lungu said inadequate laboratory staff , lack of surveillance officers, inadequate chemicals to disinfect all public places coupled with low compliance to health guidelines on covid-19 was hampering the fight against the pandemic in the District .
In a vote of thanks a businessman Mr. Edgar Keembe pleaded to the government to reduce the number of fess that business houses have to pay in order to operate in view of the covid-19.
He contend that the pandemic has negatively affected all forms of business in the District adding that the government should therefore, reduce or remove some of the fees imposed on business owners.