The construction of the 2.6-million-kwacha Veterinary laboratory in Mongu has stalled. This is because the funds which were released by the Ministry of Livestock for the project to be completed did not go to the provincial administration in Western province but were used by the Ministry on other projects.
Western province minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu disclosed this to Vice president Inonge Wina when she inspected the facility in Mongu. Mr. Mubukwanu said the construction of the lab, which started in 2012 should have been completed by 2016.
And the Vice president was not pleased that works on the lab have stalled, saying government will do everything possible to ensure works resume.
Mrs. Wina said the Mongu Veterinary laboratory is of importance to government because the province is a cattle-producing area, adding that government wants to enhance the production of livestock.
She said government is decentralising livestock services not only in Western, but all the provinces in the country to respond to outbreaks of livestock diseases.
The vice president says there is therefore need to expedite the completion of the lab.