PATRIOTIC Front Bangweulu Member of Parliament Anthony Kasandwe plans to turn his constituency into ‘an industrial base’ for fish to enhance President Lungu’s economic diversification agenda anchoring national growth on industrialisation.
Through that industry, the MP would help his electorate to develop quality fish production, storage and marketing strategies by 2021.
In realising his vision, the MP would ensure prudent management of Lake Bangweulu such as removal of illegal fishing gears which could be done by marine Commandos, restocking of fish on other small lakes, and developing fish cages targeting 5,000 cages.
He said in his maiden speech that other measures would involve developing fish ponds targeting 10,000 ponds, fish hatchery to produce fingerlings for restocking fish with storage facilities.
He would also develop an ultra-modern fish market facility to house over 5, 000 marketeers mostly women and youths as land was available by Lake shore.
He said his desire was to address unemployment, low incomes and poverty among his electorate in line with the President’s vision to transform Zambia’s economy through skills development.
“I pledge to do my best within the available means to ensure that desired development is realised. Their cry for employment opportunities for youths is my cry too. Their thirst for clean water, good roads, and timely improved health services is mine too,” he said.
Bangweulu has untapped tourism prospects and Mr Kasandwe also wants to turn the area into a tourism industrial base to involve developing quality integrated Samfya Consolidated Tourism Plan.
He would support tourism by developing quality sports cast, a fish museum, shopping mall, air strip, and upgrade 30 kilometers water front Samfya beach
Under the plan, he would showcase where each infrastructure such as lodges, hotels, markets, airstrip, and shopping mall would be established.
He urged Government to help upgrade Kapata Twingi road to reduce the cost of doing business, Chinsanka and Kasanka rural health centres into zonal referral clinics.
Upgrading Kafubashi, Chisokone, Kalasa Mukoso and Katanshya primary Schools into full flagged Secondary Schools would reduce distances pupils cover to access high school education.
He urged Government to expand access to skills training to address inadequate supply of requisite skills to support its industrialisation efforts particularly in the identified priority sectors