The Katete district traditional leadership and the church have called on government to resume and expedite works on developmental projects that have stalled in the district.
Chieftainess Kawaza of the Chewa people of Katete district said a number of projects have stalled in the district, a situation that has caused distress among its citizens.
She cited lack of works on the Katete district hospital for which land was provided in 2008 but nothing had been done since then.
“The bus station, land has been given but no works. We have land for a university, Katete University but zero percent progress. Even us we want a university,” she said.
The chieftainess said this during the commemoration of the day of prayer held under the theme, ‘repentance, promoting peace and reconciliation, consolidating national unity and diversity’.
And the church, which was represented by the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) Katete district chairperson Godwin Banda, said there was need for equal distribution of infrastructure development in the country.
Bishop Banda further said there was need for road infrastructure development in the district and trading places such shopping malls.
The Bishop has meanwhile urged the council to work with the church in the distribution of land to ensure enhanced transparency and accountability.
He said the other issue that government should deal with was the poor marketing of agricultural products.
Meanwhile, Katete District Commissioner Joseph Makukula has assured the traditional leaders and the church that a university would be built in the district.
Regarding the bus station, Mr. Makukula said preparations for the project had started adding that the process would soon be completed.
“We have heard the concerns that you want government to deal with. I can assure you that the university is surely coming and on the bus station, the local authority has started preparations for it while for the district hospital, the matter has been submitted to higher authorities for consideration,” he said.