Western Province Gets $ 42.2 Million For Water and Sanitation Programmes

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Minister of Finance Felix Mutati
Minister of Finance Felix Mutati
The Zambian Government and the Western Water and Sewerage Company have signed a Forty-Two Point Two Million Dollars [US$42.2 million] ON-LENDING AND GRANT AGREEMENT, of which Thirty-Five Point Three Million Dollars [US$35.3 million] is a loan and Six Point Nine Million Dollars [US$6.9 million] a GRANT, for Water and Sanitation Programmes in MONGU, SESHEKE, SENANGA, AND KAOMA Districts of Zambia’s Western Province.

The Integrated Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Program, under which the agreement has been signed, aims to increase sustainable access to quality water supply and sanitation services in the four districts, by efficiently managing and operating the utilities on commercial basis.

The agreement was signed in Lusaka by MINISTER OF FINANCE FELIX MUTATI and WESTERN WATER AND SEWERAGE COMPANY MANAGING DIRECTOR Mr. WAMUWI CHANGANI.

Commenting on the agreement, Mr. Mutati affirmed that the government, under the leadership of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, is keen to resolve the water and sanitation challenges faced by citizens and residents in towns which are currently experiencing rapid growth in order to speed up the country-wide economic transformation, industrialization, growth, and job-creation agenda.

Concerning the water and sanitation challenges in the targeted districts of Western Province, “the infrastructure will be rehabilitated and expanded to facilitate human consumption, create a favorable environment for economic stabilisation, and grow industries and other economic sector related ventures in the target areas,” stated the Minister.

Mr. Mutati further clarified that “the agreement will enable construction and rehabilitation of climate resilience water and sanitation infrastructure, including expansion into peri-urban and low-cost settlements,” adding that the programme “will also build the capacity of water utilities, regulators, and train communities involved in the program including creating economic opportunities for women and youth.”
“The intervention in the four provinces will also result in up to ONE MILLION residents in the targeted towns gaining better health from increased access to safe and reliable drinking water and improved sanitation services,” assured the Minister.

The principal loan was obtained by the Government from the AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK. Apart from the listed beneficiary towns in Western Province, the beneficiary towns in the other provinces are Kasama and MThe Zambian Government and the Western Water and Sewerage Company have signed a Forty-Two Point Two Million Dollars [US$42.2 million] ON-LENDING AND GRANT AGREEMENT, of which Thirty-Five Point Three Million Dollars [US$35.3 million] is a loan and Six Point Nine Million Dollars [US$6.9 million] a GRANT, for Water and Sanitation Programmes in MONGU, SESHEKE, SENANGA, AND KAOMA Districts of Zambia’s Western Province.

The Integrated Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Program, under which the agreement has been signed, aims to increase sustainable access to quality water supply and sanitation services in the four districts, by efficiently managing and operating the utilities on commercial basis.

The agreement was signed in Lusaka by MINISTER OF FINANCE FELIX MUTATI and WESTERN WATER AND SEWERAGE COMPANY MANAGING DIRECTOR Mr. WAMUWI CHANGANI.

Commenting on the agreement, Mr. Mutati affirmed that the government, under the leadership of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, is keen to resolve the water and sanitation challenges faced by citizens and residents in towns which are currently experiencing rapid growth in order to speed up the country-wide economic transformation, industrialization, growth, and job-creation agenda.

Concerning the water and sanitation challenges in the targeted districts of Western Province, “the infrastructure will be rehabilitated and expanded to facilitate human consumption, create a favorable environment for economic stabilisation, and grow industries and other economic sector related ventures in the target areas,” stated the Minister.

Mr. Mutati further clarified that “the agreement will enable construction and rehabilitation of climate resilience water and sanitation infrastructure, including expansion into peri-urban and low-cost settlements,” adding that the programme “will also build the capacity of water utilities, regulators, and train communities involved in the program including creating economic opportunities for women and youth.”
“The intervention in the four provinces will also result in up to ONE MILLION residents in the targeted towns gaining better health from increased access to safe and reliable drinking water and improved sanitation services,” assured the Minister.

The principal loan was obtained by the Government from the AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK. Apart from the listed beneficiary towns in Western Province, the beneficiary towns in the other provinces are Kasama and Mbala in Northern; Nakonde and Mpika in Muchinga; and, Mansa, Samfya, Mwense and Kawambwa in Luapula. The program in the FOUR PROVINCES is expected to be implemented during a period of 48 months and will cost a total of US$ 150.57 million. The ADB loans and grants will cover 80% of the total program costs. The Africa Growth Together Fund will contribute US$ 15 million in co-financing, and the Government of Zambia will provide counterpart funding.
Mr. Mutati concluded that 5,000 new jobs will be created during and after the implementation of the program in the four provinces.bala in Northern; Nakonde and Mpika in Muchinga; and, Mansa, Samfya, Mwense and Kawambwa in Luapula. The program in the FOUR PROVINCES is expected to be implemented during a period of 48 months and will cost a total of US$ 150.57 million. The ADB loans and grants will cover 80% of the total program costs. The Africa Growth Together Fund will contribute US$ 15 million in co-financing, and the Government of Zambia will provide counterpart funding.

Mr. Mutati concluded that 5,000 new jobs will be created during and after the implementation of the program in the four provinces.

9 COMMENTS

  1. I hope this txt is not directed to me…I am sorry young man…I am retired I don’t work for any anyone anymore…I am enjoying life as we speak I feel sorry for little poops like you wondering where your next 50 kwacha for internet bundles will come from…lol on you…more life…:)

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  2. Another to smile about ..its another loan even a mere $42million for drinking water for your own people you have to borrow…yet you are buying Russian Jets, 2000 useless solar hammer mills from China.

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  3. Because their leader is a thief (who got rich from privatization) all they see is theft! Losers this party and their under age leader are! Masters of negativity and ignorance!

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  4. Headline says $42 million for western province, but the devil is in the detail when you add in tbe other preferred provinces it is $157.5 million. When will our great grandchildren be able to pay off this debt.

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  5. Anyoko pipo like you are the problem what a narrow view onn the developmentbof a nation…they didnt vote for us so why help them… you my friend are like a spoilt child at school. The sooner zambians and in particular pillocks like you realise that a government is for ALL ZAMBIANS not just the political party in government then we just might have a chance to develop. Anyoko come back with your vitriol to me but I could give a hoot. Zambia as a nation js more important than politics of the paunch being practiced by the MMD/PF regime.

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  6. This is another scam by the witch Wina to steal and leave money for her worthless son-in-law (Mulenga Mwamba, a street urchin , now living in style in Malaysia, working for the Zambian Foreign office). Out of this $42 Million, the Wina family will grab at least $40 Million and the rest will be spread out among her thieh relatives. Zambia will pay this back for generations to come.

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