VICE President George Kunda has directed the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) and the ministry of works and supply to repair three bridges that have been washed away along the Bottom road in Sinazongwe district.
The Vice president who inspected the damaged bridges along the Bottom road yesterday said the situation must be handled as an emergency because some areas have been cut off from the rest of the country.
Mr. Kunda issued the directive when he addressed a mammoth rally at Maamba mine stadium in Sinazongwe yesterday.
The Vice President was on arrival accorded a ceremonial welcome by the valley Tonga Budima traditional dancers.
Vice President Kunda said during his tour of road infrastructure in the district, he had seen for himself the massive damage to bridges caused by floods in the valley district.
He said it is for this reason that DMMU under his office, together with the ministry of works and supply, should quickly repair damaged bridges and easy the suffering of the people.
Vice President Kunda assured thousands of Sinazongwe residents who attended the rally that government remains committed to the reconstruction of the Bottom road which he said was so dear to the
people of the three valley districts of Sinazongwe, Gwembe, and Siavonga.
He also assured the residents that government through the ministry of tourism and natural resources will look into the problem of the swelled population of crocodiles on Lake Kariba which have become a big threat to human life.
Vice President Kunda said during his meeting with Chief Sinazongwe, the traditional ruler had raised concern about the increasing number of people killed by rampaging reptiles on the lake.
And the Vice President has said government through ZESCO will electrify the shores of the entire stretch of Lake Kariba to attract more tourists and tourism enterprises.
He said government has good plans to develop the valley districts and called upon the people to support the programmes aimed at boosting economic development.
The Vice president is on a tour of five districts of southern province inspecting development programmes.
He is today expected in Kalomo where he is expected to inspect various developmental projects before addressing a public rally in the afternoon.
He is accompanied by livestock and fisheries deputy minister Albert Mulonga and community development deputy minister Adonis Mufalali.
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