Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister, David Phiri, has commissioned two new bridges constructed at a cost of K64 million under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in Katete district.
Speaking when he commissioned Kalowe bridge in Mkaika constituency yesterday, Mr. Phiri said the bridge will ease the transportation of agricultural products and inputs to and from market centres and farming blocks which was almost impossible for farmers in the past.
He said the bridge will also help school going children to manage to go to school and other villagers to cross the river to access medical care from health centres during rain seasons, which was not possible previously.
Mr. Phiri, who is also Mkaika Member of Parliament, said he would ensure that CDF was spent on significant developmental projects that benefited large number of people in the community.
In the past, only a few people belonging to groups such as women’s clubs were benefiting from the CDF.
Mr. Phiri expressed satisfaction at the quality of work done by Libean Contractor, a local contractor based in Katete.
Later, he commissioned Mponda bridge, and reiterated government’s continued implementation of developmental projects in Katete district and the whole Eastern province.
And headman Mutambalika, Island Banda, who represented several other village headmen, commended the ‘new deal’ government for developing the province.
Mr. Banda also commended government for its transparency by making the CDF known to the people.
He said in the past, CDF was not known to villagers as a result, it was just plundered at the expense of ignorant needy people in rural areas.
He observed that the two bridges would enable people to access health facilities even in the rain seasons.
He added that the two facilities would also ease movements of people for their various activities across the two rivers.
And Katete District Council Director of Works, Monday Muwowo, urged people to take good care of the new bridges so that they can last longer.
Mr. Muwowo warned the villagers against the use of ox-sledges on the bridges saying these were destructive to bridges.
And GOVERNMENT has released Twenty four billion Kwacha for the construction of a high school in Nyimba District, Eastern Province.
Nyimba District Commissioner, Alexander Miti, disclosed this during the Provincial Development and Coordinating Committee (PDCC) meeting in Chipata.
Mr. Miti said that the school was being constructed at Kacholola where work had reached an advanced stage.
In another development, Mr. Miti said the Nyimba District administartion had formed a forestry crack squad, to curb the illegal cutting of trees and transportation of charcoal outside the area.
He said the team was working hard to ensure that forestry products were preserved for the development of the district.
In a related development, Petauke District Commissioner, David Tembo, said the district had so far confiscated 130 by 50 kg bags of charcoal, some firewood, 14 bicycles and two light trucks laden with timber, in a bid to reduce illegal exploitation of forest resources.