Saturday, July 20, 2024

German donates Fire Truck, 50 laptops to Chipata City Council


The Dormagen City in Germany has donated a fire truck and 50 laptops to its Twin City of Chipata in Zambia.

The fire truck is valued at 150,000 Euros and 50 laptops valued at 50, 000 Euros were handed over by the Mayor of Dormagen City Mr. Erik Lierenfeld at the Dormagen City Town Hall.

This is contained in a press statement made available to ZANIS by the First Secretary –Press at the Zambia Embassy in Germany Berlin Lubinda Kashewe.

And in receiving the donation on behalf of the Zambian government Charge D’Affaires at the Zambian Embassy in Germany Dorcas Chileshe said the donation will go a long way in improving service delivery to the people of Chipata.

Ms Chileshe called on other city councils in Zambia to emulate Chipata City by initiating partnerships with other cities in Germany.

She stated that the Dormagen City Mayor Erik Lierenfeld pledged to help connect other German Cities with Zambian cities.

Ms Chileshe explained that Chipata and Dormagen cities signed a twinning agreement in October 2022 and are focusing on exchange programs for health workers and teachers.

And Chipata City Mayor George Mwanza who is in Dormagen city with a team from his Council and from Local government says the partnership between the two cities will see Dormagen City investing in a solar power plant in Chipata which will produce electricity for local people.

Mr Mwanza noted that the twinning program will also promote tree planting to address deforestation which has been a big challenge in Chipata.

He further stated that the mayor also explained that the human resource exchange program will start with a small number of teachers and medical personnel who will work in Dormagen City for a year to three years.


  1. To confer city status on Chipata and Livingstone was a big mistake. Both towns lack amenities that you normally find in a city such as buoyant commercial and industrial life, a buoyant arts/creative/entertainment/sports industry, go-ahead educational institutions whose output goes towards building the above industries so that young people do not look outside their town for a career after leaving school or tertiary education. If you look at Chipata and Livingstone, these are towns where most young people do not stay after school or college. It’s part of the problems we have in local government because we do not seem to know what we’re doing. Chongwe a municipal council? Give me a break, it’s a village.

    • Gunner that conversation is in the archives. There’s no longer a separation of cities and towns. They are all called cities nowadays

  2. Hey you Germans! Thats not the way we go about it in our God given country. You must first contact Mutinta. Invite her to Berlin or Munich. She must come there with an entourage of 20 something and after a week of shopping, allow her to preside over a ceremony to hand these fire trucks over. Then she must come back home and wait for these tenders to secretly and quietly arrive. Meanwhile we all wonder where these damn machines are. Take back that fire tender and we start again

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