Sinazongwe farmers from Chuunga in senior Chief Mweemba area have called on government to construct a road, School, Clinic, and boreholes to save them from difficulties they are facing. Chuunga area which has more than 400 hundred people have been having no School, clinic, boreholes, and a road network since the country attained Independence.
The ZANIS reporter who visited the area which is 18 kilometres from Maamba mine area found that the road is impassable even a bicycle could not pass through because the area is mountainous.
It takes 2:30 hours on foot to reach chuunga area where people had settled after they were displaced from Lake Kariba and from Maamba mine area.
Mr . Chinsanga Saka a farmer said clean water was difficult to find as the streams dry up by April and they walk for more than two kilometres to fetch for water adding that for bathing one has to make a time table.
Chuunga area which is surrounded with bush and mountains has only foot paths, farmers have no access to fertilizer, and there is no road where agriculture officers could bring it Mr. Saka said.
He disclosed that people in the area covers 18 kilometrs on foot to Maamba mine area to buy most of their commodities and in dry season when there is no water they go to buy even a head of cabbage and tomatoes for K100, 000.
â€œWe are suffering here and no one like you has ever been to Chuunga, we need some one to help us even with a borehole, a School, and a clinic,â€ Mr Saka said.
Maamba ward Councilor Peter Siavuulwa said the road that is now a foot path was once graded in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda regime and from that time the road was impassable.
â€œThis place is not known and when you talk about it no one will pay attention because people especially government officials have never been to this place,â€ he said.
The councilor noted that even during the campaign period politicians do not reach the area and villagers are made to come to Maamba for voter registration and voting.
Mr. Siavuulwa said the only way to get a vote from the villagers was to tell them that government has neglected them.
â€œOtherwise people here do not know that government exists, as their children do not go to School and the only Community School is run by untrained teacher who is just a grade nine,â€ Mr Siavuulwa said.
He revealed that most people do not go to hospital and mothers give birth from their homes because it was far from Maamba hospital.
And most people talked to told ZANIS that most children do not go School as they could not afford to be covering 18 Kilometres.
By Tovin Ngombe