Government has secured K 1, 240, 000.00 through UNICEF and other cooperating partners for construction of 20 boreholes in Kazungula district.
Eleven of the boreholes will be constructed in Nyawa chiefdom at a cost of K682, 000.00
Southern Province permanent Secretary Sibanze Simuchoba disclosed the development in a speech read on his behalf by Provincial Chief Human Resource Management Officer Daggoh Chitendwe during the Guta Mwenze Bbwe traditional ceremony of the Tonga people of Kazungula district held yesterday.
Mr Simuchoba said the contractor, China Gansu has since moved on site following signing of the contract on September 1 this year.
He said government is working hard to uplift the living standards of its people in all the 10 provinces.
Mr Simuchoba said President Edgar Lungu has taken keen interest in the welfare of the people of southern province and is working tirelessly to open up the province to development.
The permanent secretary noted that apart from agriculture, the national sustainable development goals place infrastructure development as one of the key sectors that will drive the country’s economy to achieve vision 2030.
And residents of Nyawa chiefdom have expressed gratitude to government for providing the water points.
And chief Nyawa thanked government for the on-going programme of sinking boreholes but said there was need for more water points in the area due to the vastness of the chiefdom.
The chief pointed out that the area is experiencing water challenges as a result of the poor rainfall experienced last season.
The traditional leader also expressed concern at the poor state of bridges and appealed to government to treat the matter with urgency and quickly repair them.
Meanwhile, Chief Nyawa has asked government to realign his chiefdom to Zimba district.
The traditional leader said the chiefdom is closer to Zimba district administration than Kazungula.
Chief Nyawa disclosed that about 8,000 subjects who have attained the age of 30 have failed to obtain the green national registration card due to the long distance people have to cover from his chiefdom to Kazungula registration office.
“Personally, I have no problem with being in Kazungula but my people are suffering, “he stressed.
The Chief observed that farmers without NRCS were forced to engage middlemen to sell their maize resulting in some of them being swindled.