Dundumwezi Constituency member of parliament Edgar Sing’ombe have implored government to consider giving the area a district due to its immeasurable number of agro activities.
Lamenting over the low uptake of constituency development fund (CDF) component by the youths in the area, Mr. Sing’ombe called for a decentralised approval methodology of application forms.
The lawmaker said this during the 58th Independence anniversary held under the theme: “ Promoting Inclusiveness towards a Sustainable Social and Economic Recovery.”
The event was held at Bulyambeba in Dundumwezi constituency in chief Chikanta’s area, on Monday.
“ This is to reduce the prevailing bureaucratic tendencies to access the funds.
“ I want the final approvals to be done at provincial level other than leaving it to the local government and urban development minister, “ the he said.
And officiating at the event, Kalomo district commissioner, Joshua Sikaduli urged the locals to work hard and be united in an effort to attain the desired values that would depict social and economic recovery vision.
Meanwhile, Chief Chikanta and Siachitema of Kalomo district in Southern province have applauded the district administration for taking this years’ main independence celebration in the outskirts of the central business town.
The two traditional leaders made the observation during Monday’s 58th independence celebrations held at Bulyambeba in Dundumwezi constituency in chief Chikanta’s area.
“We are humbled by the districts’ decision to bring this event here. It is the first of its kind since independence to have such a gesture.
“ This is really in line with this year’s theme of ‘promoting inclusiveness towards sustainable social and economic recovery for all our people,” chief Chikanta said.
The traditional ruler has appealed to the government to consider upgrading the Bulyambeba Food Reserve Agency (FRA) storage sheds claiming that the facility boasts of being the major maize holding depot from 2009 to 2011 in the country.
Several people from all walks of life yesterday turned in good numbers to grace the celebrations which were characterised by various entertainment activities in Kalomo.
To some extent I agree with this call although it might not the problem. Kalomo is a thriving small town. I think what’s required is to improve the road network and to establish township offices. But on the other hand, CDF might not quickly respond to people’s needs. Kalomo is vast and mostly made up of rural settlements. Perhaps a ward development fund might suffice. It’s not fair for a district as vast as Kalomo to receive a paltry K25.7M while small towns like Lusaka get K25.7M x 7 Constituencies. A ward in Kalomo is about the size of a Constituency in Lusaka or Ndola. Let’s revisit these policies
Declare? Very undemocratic language. Declarations are done in one party states. We are a democracy not an autocracy. Things are agreed upon in democracies
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