Senior Chief Nsokolo of the Mambwe people in Mbala District in Northern Province is disappointed with the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) for prioritising the electrification of communication towers in his Chiefdom at the expense of the local people who approved the electrification of the same facilities in their land.
Senior Chief Nsokolo is incensed that despite the Government’s pledge and commitment to electrify palaces for the traditional leaders, REA has gone ahead to provide electricity to the towers that were installed in his Chiefdom which he said were not important.
He lamented that the residential village of the Mwene Mambwe, the tribal leader of the Mambwe people was also left out.
Senior Chief Nsokolo said this in a press statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday issued by his Personal Assistant, Jeff Kapembwa.
He complained that the slow pace of development in Mbala district since 1964 is worrisome.
“Mbala, the ethnically Mambwe tribal area, has been neglected and side lined of development since independence. The last meaningful development was the building of Mbala Secondary School in 1970. All other developments like basic schools and clinics were built by communities with the help from the World Vision International,” Senior Chief Nsokolo said.
The chief recounts that it has been his cry and that of his subjects to seek the construction of a police post in his area about 84 km away from Mbala Boma to redress cases of rape, assault, murder and other crime related activities that were on the increase.
“Repeated appeals to relevant authorities including the Ministry of Home Affairs and the State seeking redress have failed to yield good results as cases of crimes go unabated,” he said.
Efforts to get a comment from the Northern provincial leadership proved futile over the matter.
The chief is, however, optimistic that President Michael Sata would turn things around because he is a man of action.