UPND Rufunsa Member of Parliament (MP), Shealy Mulyata has praised government for implementing various developmental programmes in Rufunsa district aimed at uplifting lives of the people.
ZANIS reports that Mrs. Mulyata expressed happiness that her request to government to attend to various developmental projects in the district owing to its status have been successfully completed.
She cited the upgrading of Shikabeta Primary School into a fully-fledged secondary school, construction of a modern palace for Chieftainess Shikabeta, completion of clinics as some of the major developmental projects completed.
The opposition law maker was speaking during the Nkombalyanga traditional ceremony of the Soli speaking people of Chieftainess Shikabeta of Rufunsa district.
Mrs. Mulyata however asked government to expedite the tarring of the Shikabeta road to ease the transportation of goods and people.
She further asked government to quickly construct staff houses for teachers and other public service workers that have been deployed in the area.
And speaking at the same event, Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo reaffirmed government’s commitment in completing all ongoing projects that were initiated following the declaration of districts in the province.
Mr. Lusambo cited the construction of a modern civic centre, 20 high cost and 30 medium cost houses for civil servants, and a modern police station.
The provincial minister said this in a speech read on his behalf by acting Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary, Josphat Lombe.
Mr. Lusambo who is also Kabushi MP praised traditional leaders in the province for working closely with government in ensuring that social services and people’s needs are met.
Earlier, Chieftainess Shikabeta commended government for implementing social cash transfer for vulnerable people in her chiefdom.
The traditional leader said many vulnerable people on the programme have seen their lives improved remarkably and now living happier lives.
Chieftainess Shikabeta said this through a representative Agness Kalonga-Shikabeta.
The Chieftainess implored government to quickly send relief food to the area to avert hunger that is looming due to failed crops in the last farming season.
She said the hunger situation has worsened because of the attack of the fall army worms on the crop that survived from the prolonged dry spell.
Various chiefs from Lusaka, Eastern and Central Provinces attended the ceremony.
Host District Commissioner Judith Chama and five others from Lusaka, Kafue, Luangwa, Chilanga and Chirundu were also in attendance.
Rufunsa Town Council Chairperson Bartholomew Kalambalala was joined by fellow council chairpersons from Lusaka Province.
Nkombalyanga traditional ceremony of the Soli speaking people of Chieftainess Shikabeta is held to celebrate the harvest from the previous farming season.