President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (right) greets pupils at Divine Providence Convent School in Chawama, Lusaka on Friday,March 23,2018. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2018
FILE: President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (right) greets pupils at Divine Providence Convent School in Chawama, Lusaka on Friday,March 23,2018. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2018

President Edgar Lungu has declared seven new districts to foster rural development and easy administration of the areas.

The following new districts are Chipangali, Lumezi, Kasenengwa, Chasefu, Msanzala, Chifunabuli and Lupososhi.

The minister of Local Government will soon sign SI for creation of Councils.

Zambia now has 114 Districts.

Last week Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale disclosed that the Head of State will soon announce the creation of 6 more new districts.

Mr. Mwale said the President decided to create the districts to ensure delivery of services to the people are brought closer.

However, Mr. Mwale could not give details of the new districts saying the head of state will soon make an announcement to the people.

The creation of the new districts is in a statutory instrument No. 26 of 2018, for the provincial and district boundaries act order 2018.

The Order also deletes boundaries that affect the new districts that include; Chipata, Petauke, and Samfya.

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    • What? Come-on this is a Joke. Chipangali? A village with Nothing? Just because Vincent Mwale is the MP there? This is Campaign Propaganda Not for development. All these Villages in Eastern Province are not even worth to be declared Districts. They have no electricity, offices nor even houses. This is a true channel of stealing Money through Local Government. Shame on Vincent and Lungu.

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    • This unhinged lazy tin will be making another trip to KKIA again to welcome another head of state as he has nothing to do in State House!!

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    • Why is Lungu playing GOD? He says let there be additional districts and there were 7 additional districts. LUNGU go away!

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    • When HH comes we will erase all these Districts. All the roads, airports, schools and hospitals that you are wasting tax payers money on will all go up in flames. Bushe tukalalya imisebo.

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    • @ Jay Jay
      After a break from reading LT, and other media, I find you are still at if busy insulting ECL who most likely is not aware of your existence and hatred for him.
      Give your self a BREAK. ECL will continue ruling while you remain bitter and beyond 2021.
      God bless you

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    • I mever knew that chifunabuli and lupososhi are in eastern province. Thanks under5s for that enlightenment.

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    • U know he wants to reinforce the idea he comes from the East at this time when his origins are under question

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    • YES INDEED FIVE OUT OF SEVEN – PATALI BANE

      NORTH WESTERN COULD HAVE HAD ONE [CHIBWIKA OFF MWINILUNGA] OR THE SECOND ONE [OFF KABOMPO] FOR ENHANCEMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MINING.

      BA PRESIDENT THINK AND CONSIDER THIS AVENUE BASED ON ECONOMICS

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  1. Thanks my dear president for creating Lumezi as a district. This has been our cry for years because Lundazi was very far. Am sure our colleagues in the other new districts are also celebrating. But I know anti-Lungu bloggers will soon start spewing their trash against the move . For all I care, they can jump into the nearest lake and drown .

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    • The distance between Lundazi and Lumezi is about 30km….. Is that far?

      It would have made sense to make Mwasemphangwe a district and not Lumezi

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    • 30km is also the distance between lya and ndola. I used to drive 15min. Walking takes roughly 5hours. Not forgetting that our friends in lumenzi either walks or jumps on public transport this must be a very long distance to cover.

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  2. Zambia is the 17th largest country in Africa. Not so long ago, some districts like Kabwe Rural and Ndola Rural were bigger than Malawi. Currently there are still many districts bigger than Mauritius, Burundi and Rwanda.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African_countries_by_area

    Everything wrong with living in a district where it takes half a day of travel to pay for a levy or application forms. Going to Boma should be like going to the market or Jameson liquor store. Break them up to practical sizes

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  3. WELDONE MR PRESIDENT ……LET US INFRASTRUCTURE COMING UP IN THOSE NEW DISTRICTS… BRINGING ESSENTIAL SERVICES CLOSER TO THE PEOPLE…

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  4. Lungu has run out of ideas or he does not know or none of his gang has a clue of how to create private sectors jobs. He now thinks government is the only means to do so. He does not know the consequences of his actions and every action he takes keeps adding fixed costs (non-discretionary expenditure) to the budget. Zambia is headed for financial collapse because the spending has spiralled out of control.

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    • And the dumb lazy thing Edgar will be wondering why projects are stalling when he is increasing expenditure and ignorantly issuing directives to kick start them…forcing his equally dull ministers to dip into Toll fees money.

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  5. We are in maningi trouble, no original ideas, back to days of Ba Sata of proclaiming new districts but this after he had said there would be no new ones till existing ones are well equipped with infrastructure! So again new loans for infrastructure in new districts before we finish on-going ones! Has he secured new loans from the visiting Indian President!

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  6. EXCELLENT DECLARATIONS. THESE VILLAGES NOW QUALIFY FOR MODERN INFRASTRURE AND OTHER FACILITIES. IN FACT I THOUGHT THE PRESIDENT WAS GOING TO ELEVATE AT LEAST 10 VILLAGES FROM TO DISTRICT STATUS. HOWEVER, THIS IS GOOD.

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  7. Careless Drivers of our dying Economy! Ever expanding bureaucracy and expenditure when debt to GDP ratio is fast approaching 60%! Kaya?

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  8. Yet more administrative costs using a flawed excuse yet they failed in “cholera Lusaka” where there’s actually much more govt bureaucracy closer to the people.

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  9. There should be bench marks for a place to be declared a district ,I know of some districts which have been in existence for a number of years but to date lack even basic needs like the national registration office

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  10. MCS started it all. He went to Ngabwe, a village, declared a district, appointed a district commissioner and put her on govt payroll and bought her a 4×4. Same everywhere else he did that. They could not distinguish between a district project and a fully functioning district. They had no offices to work from and provide public services. ECL has followed suit and in the week when international investors in Zambia’s Eurobonds have started to cast doubt on the real size of public debt. All the MCS-created new districts are at different levels of incompletion and money has ran out. Go to Chikankata , the new district. There is nothing going on, no contractors , but there re some incomplete buildings. At Senga Hill , the new district created by ECL the district administration operates from a…

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  11. Ba president why didnt you make KAPATU MISSION a District in Chief Shibwalya Kapila( kwa Kaliminwa) ? We dont ti be going to Lunte its as far as Mporokoso was. Please give us a District of our own

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  12. You the people in towns you want our rural areas to remain behind. Thank you Your Excellency ECL. Msanzala is wide reaches Luangwa also close to Mambwe. Let the rural people also have a share no matter how little. Thk you the government we are all citizens.

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  13. https://www.lusakatimes.com/2016/11/03/government-signs-a-2-3-billion-deal-with-a-chinese-firm-to-construct-a-chipata-serenje-railway-line/ will significantly reduce the cost of transporting copper from the copperbelt and North western provinces to the Nicala corridor. Also note that Petauke district is one of the largest districts in Zambia therefore the creation of Msanzala is welcome news but let us engage surveyors so that the district is centrally located. Mabanda or Ukwimi resettlement scheme which already has a well-established centre would be more ideal as the district centre than Sasali or Msanzala School areas. The same argument can be made about Lumezi district. Let us put it in the centre between Chipata and Lundazi districts which is a distance of 184.7km.

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  14. Great news. Chasefu is a big name. Let the head quarter be at Emusa which has a lot of infrastructure already. Connecting Kanyanga to Emusa then to Chasefu and Egityikeni will create the largest town in Eastern Province. Bravo ECL.

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  15. I am very excited with the declaration of Lumezi as a District. It is long overdue! Thanks to His Excellency!

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    • mwasemphangwe is in lumezi constituency and i think that is where the offices will be put because it half way from both lumezi and chipangali constituencies.

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  16. I agree with one who says Lumezi is near Lundazi so the district could have been at Mwase Mphangwe which is like on the middle between Chipata and Lundazi.

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  17. Positives and negatives ‘re all Indicators of Much needed Developmental Processes. There can’t be Development without 1)- Accessibility i.e. roads n Bridges.2) – Housing and other Accommodating Structures,3)Employment Creation and Poverty Reduction follows these Technical and Technological processes through their Construction and Installations and Production as well as Productivity grows. Growth in civilization of population follows and many more.
    Rural Areas Need such Foresighted Decisions to bring and build development there and the Time is Now than tomorrow. Perfecting our Lives is a long Journey that started with God’s Creation and Moses onwards,,,,,,,

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  18. Thank you Mr. President for Msanzala District. My hope and prayer now is that you will come good on the Chipata-Petauke-Serenje Rail line as well as building a road from Msanzala district to Serenje which is hardly 150km. That will open up the central and copperbelt provinces for farm produce from the eastern province unlike now where everything has to pass through Lusaka. That is what will stimulate economic trade/growth for the peoples of these provinces. Also the rail line from which there is no word since the signing of the contract with CCECChttps://www.lusakatimes.com/2016/11/03/government-signs-a-2-3-billion-deal-with-a-chinese-firm-to-construct-a-chipata-serenje-railway-line/ will significantly reduce the cost of transporting copper from the copperbelt and North western provinces…

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  19. will significantly reduce the cost of transporting copper from the copperbelt and North western provinces to the Nicala corridor. Also note that Petauke district is one of the largest districts in Zambia therefore the creation of Msanzala is welcome news but let us engage surveyors so that the district is centrally located. Mabanda or Ukwimi resettlement scheme which already has a well-established centre would be more ideal as the district centre than Sasali or Msanzala School areas. The same argument can be made about Lumezi district. Let us put it in the centre between Chipata and Lundazi districts which is a distance of 184.7km.

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  20. This is a sacrifice worth making.
    Rural development is often neglected.I feel very sad because most bloggers here are in towns,cities or abroad enjoying so many luxuries that our people can only dream of.
    This is a great move.Long live rural development….

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  21. Comment:Let him to what is good, don’t support things that is worse. Go on mr President.

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  22. The big question one would ask is where is the money going to come from?
    Have any of the leaders in this government done simple arithmetic?
    Who is going to fund these spontaneous creations? Tax payers again.
    Are the Hospitals being adequately funded? No!
    Are all the initiated infrastructure developments completed, up and running? NO!
    Is the Agrcultural sector getting any meaningful Investment? NO!
    Is the education sector getting the attention it deserves? NO!
    What then is the hurry in more buildings, repetitive showdy road repairs, government buildings bogus repairs,
    Infrasture this and that?!….Stop the day light Robbery. NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE WHICH DESERVES A LARGER SHARE OF DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS LACKS EVEN A DESERVING ROAD NETWORK. ARE YOU SURE YOU KNOW THE PEOPLE OF NORTH…

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  23. ANOTHER BIG QUESTION: ARE YOU SURE YOU KNOW THE PEOPLE OF NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE WELL?
    This is really taking the people whose land is producing to develop other provinces for granted. What are you asking for? Please sober up and start making your prorities right. Do not forgeot this is Africa and Africa is shaped like an AXE for no joking reason. The strongest mineral lies in the belly of their land.
    Do you wonder why they call you CHIPANTE PANTE’? No Serious planning or simple analysis, just SPONTANEOUS DECISIONS OF APPEASEMENT. SORRY GUYS, YOU HAVE KISSED THE DUST.

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  24. CHIPANGALI DISTRICT: Thank you very much Your Excellence for declaring Chipangali as a district.

    Hon Vincent Mwale Congratulation. Facilitate infrastructural development of Chipangali. Please Hon Mwale

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