Government has procured 16 multipurpose boats at a cost of K3.9 billion in order to improve service delivery of councils whose accessibility to other areas is through water transport.
The boats have been procured for the purpose of alleviating the transport problems that councils face during rainy seasons .
Local government Minister Benny Tetamashimba said this in a speech read on his behalf by the deputy minister Dr. Lwipa Puma, today at Lusaka City Council offices when he handed over the boats to various councils.
The beneficiaries are Gwembe, Sinazongwe, Kafue, Senanga, Serenje, Kazungula, Zambezi Samfya, Kabompo and Kalabo districts respectively.
Mr. Tetamashjimba said that government will do its best to procure more boats for the remaining needy councils.
He warned the council officers to take keen interest in the usage of the boats and report any mismanagement of the boats to the ministry.