Queing up for water from shallow wells in Mpatamatu
Queing up for water from shallow wells in Mpatamatu

Residents of Luanshya’s Mpatamatu Township have applied for a permit to hold a peaceful protest over the worsening water crisis in the area.

According to a letter dated 23rd March 2018 to the Officer in Charge at Mpatamatu Main Police Station, the residents say they want to protest peacefully against Kafubu Water and Sewerage Company for its failure to resolve the water problem in Mpatamatu.

They say they are planning to stage a walk in protest on Friday April 6th 2018 to Kafubu Water and Sewerage offices from 07:30 Hours to 14 Hours.

“It is very disgusting to note that for a very long time, our Mpatamatu has nothad een a single drop of water coming from our taps and yet bills are still coming out,” the residents wrote.

In some interviews, the residents said access to clean water is not a privilege but a fundamental basic human right.

“It’s time that we fought for what belongs to us as residents. My major worry is that this is rain season and we still have this water shortage from Kafubu Water and Sewerage company, what more in the coming couple of months because by then all the wells will be dry and i wonder how we shall survive,” one of the residents lamented.

“What i know is that to every problem there must be a solution and if Kafubu Water and Sewerage as our utility company has a challenge, then there must be a solution to that so that people are not taken for granted. Let them give us water bowsers on 24/7 and that type of water must be up to date in terms of quality, not the dirty stuff which was brought some few days last year,” another resident said.

“Our resolution my fellow Mpatamatu residents is that we are going for a peaceful demonstration and we shall march past from Mpatamatu Market with burners and placards up to Kafubu Water and Sewerage offices in town and seek to be addressed by and only the Managing Director to tell us the way forward. At the same time we shall also air our grievances and tell the company how much this has deprived us of our fundamental basic human rights,” he said.

Mpatamatu residents drawing water from wells
Mpatamatu residents drawing water from wells
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13 COMMENTS

  1. What has ck done to his so called constituency. Slowly losing confidence from his voters.

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  2. Please understand that KWSC got huge loans to upgrade water works, delivery pipelines and sewerage system and PROMISED the people of ndola Luanshya and masaiti that by end of 2017, the thing of water quality availability and billing will be history.
    They went ahead and increased cost of water.
    The people’s expectations have been shuttered. The people of mpatamatu have every right to protest.
    Being PF Police they will not allow a demonstration on a commercial matter.
    Scare Crows!

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  3. STOP THE DEMONSTRATIONS , THE MP is coming to sort out KWSC after his faked sickness at CFB, meanwhile , a by election is coming soon in luanshya , the speaker will declare seat vacant as CK will be convicted atleast on few charges out of 37

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  4. Uko you were dancing apita now enjoy the consequences of voting based on a song, the people you were dancing about are busy eating from the field while you suffer and taxed heavily

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  5. Kambwili ati Man of the People! Ha! Ha! Ati Kambwili Cries For The Common Zambian it once read as headlines on the Zambian Report on December 1, 2016. Yet he stole money meant for development and invested it on Kambwili Estates where he and his family are living like kings. Think twice when it comes to this man! He is only out for himself. He only cares for people when it is convenient for him and if he will get something out of it. And yet some refer to him as Dr. Kambwili Ha! Ha!

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    • Where are the mayor and the DC? The mayor was also elected and has as much interest in this matter as Kambwili.

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  6. The Water Problem In Mpatamatu Is Severe, En The Has Been There Even Before Chishimba Kambwili Become The Area Mp……. You Can’t Understand Why This Prolonged Severe Water Problem. But Bills Keeps Coming. Ba KWSC Please Do Something Me I Don’t Remember The Time We We Fetched Tap Running Water….. Way Back 1999, We Just Depend On Water From The Well Which We Dung In 2001.

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  7. I assume that bloggers on this site have some knowledge about how government works. Surely it is not the job of the MP to provide services. That responsibility falls on the government of the day. I don’t quite understand why all this is Kambwili’s fault. The blame for this whole mess must be laid at the goverment’s feet. Water is a basic human right which every government should provide. MPs do not have budgets for projects like this.

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    • But never at any time has Kambwili shown concern about the water shortage there. I own house in Mpatamatu but unlike MPs like Kalobo, Chiteme, Malanji of Kitwe I’ve never seen Kambwili engaging the water company. He’s been fighting the mayor instead of sorting out problems affecting the people. Please don’t create excuses for him.

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    • Kambwili was part of government. Budget or no budget an MP is duty bound to ensure his constituents are well looked after. Kafubu have getting funds for water improvements so Kambwili as area MP should have taken interest. But he’s spent his time calling the mayor all sorts of names.

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