United Party for National Development (UPND) Gwembe Member of Parliament Attractor Malungo Chisangano has said the reported substandard of Kkoma Primary School is just a clear indication that Gwembe District has been forgotten by previous and the current Government.
On Friday the 9th June, 2017, Lusaka times published a story depicting how dilapidated Kkoma Primary School is in Gwembe District where pupils are using a grass thatched School.
When reached for a comment, Ms. Chisangano stated that the hazardous School class block with a big crack at Kkoma Primary school has been reported to Government through Ministry of Education many times since 2010 for Disaster Management Units (DMU) to do something but Government has turned a blind eye.
And Ms. Chisangano disclosed that she even raised a motion in parliament regarding the numerous challenges the constituents are faced with in her area.
The opposition UPND MP who lamented that her constituency lacks various infrastructure development including housing units, Schools and teachers’ Houses and Road Network, Poor bridges, and poor Communication Infrastructure added that in some Schools pupils even learn from outside under the trees.
Ms. Chisangano has since revealed that since 2013, allocation of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) has not been consistency and that is one of the contributing factors for Gwembe to be one of the least developed constituencies in Zambia.
The legislator also stated that Gwembe Constituency has more substandard Schools that need urgent attention than the reported Kkoma Primary School, stating that some Schools like Machechete, Mukono and Henga as well as Nakasika and Buyente schools are worse than Kkoma because those are of mud and grass.
And the lawmaker was hasty to mention that since she is only eight (8) months old as Gwembe MP, she has already assisted certain schools with cement and roofing sheets to build teachers houses and also pledged to assist even the schools with mad and grass schools as she is currently in the process of partnering with Glassco foundation from Canada which will soon build some Schools, Clinics as well as providing water in some parts of the Constituency.
“Have planned to use the little CDF and also Glassco foundation our big partner has plans to assist. The MP had plans of using the first CDF allocation to repair the school. The Glassco foundation has also expressed interest to support the school among other projects they intend to implement in Gwembe”
“This is funding from parliament that is meant to help the MP implement projects to address problems Since am a new MP those are plans for coming CDF Yes and 8 months old as MP”
“There are also other schools in the district that need urgent attention. The Government should be fair in supporting the citizens of Zambia. President Edgar Lungu last year promised to tar the road up to now nothing. Civil servants have no accommodation. Answer from parliament was that MPs should build houses”
“Communications infrastructure is also very poor. Not proper network in the constituency. Despite being assured by communications minister that towers would be built after the rains there is nothing happening” Chisangano said