The local authorities in Mufumbwe district in Northwestern province has engaged various local stakeholders in resource mobilization for reconstruction of the recently burnt down district police station.
District council chairperson, Elijah Munyompe and district commissioner, Masela Sekeseke have held consultative meetings with chiefs representatives, civil servants, councilors and the business community to come up with means to supplement government efforts on the reconstruction of the police station.
ZANIS reports that in an interview in Mufumbwe District today, Mr. Munyompe revealed that the stakeholders have resolved to offer support in various forms such as money contributions, building materials, labour and transport and other logistics towards the project.
“As head of the council, I will be in charge of all councilors and the district commissioner will be in charge of all heads of departments in the district while the chiefs will ensure that their subjects support the initiative through their headmen,” Mr Munyompe explained.
And Ms Sekeseke has thanked the various stakeholders for their pledges to have the police station reconstructed as soon as possible.
She expressed confidence that police officers will again have a place to operate from normally in less three months.
“With this overwhelming response we have received, I am confident that by January 2018, we shall have finished building the station,” Ms Sekeseke said.
And some Mufumbwe residents interviewed have strongly condemned the people who burnt down the police station.
65 years old Jimmy Kaunda said the burning down of the police station has taken the development of the district backwards adding that government is spending a lot of money on developing rural districts like Mufumbwe.
Tommy Chiteule, 43 also supported the concerns saying it is a shameful act that has tarnished the image of the district, while a 16 year old grade 11 female pupil who asked not to be named at Mufumbwe day secondary school expressed fears that there will be an increase in rape cases as wrong doers will take advantage of the disrupted police operations in the district.
Mufumbwe police station was burnt down on 14th October 2017 by some residents after a misunderstanding with police officers over a traditional ritual commonly known as ‘Chikondo.’