ANDREW MUKOMA writes
THE Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) has funded the drilling of 10 boreholes in Mulobezi District.
The district was identified as one of the areas that had serious water challenges and was given 10 boreholes under this intervention.
Council Public Relations Officer, Elvis Muleya, announced the development to the Daily Nation.
He said that the 10 boreholes would come just a few months after the local authority completed drilling and equipping of 68 boreholes under Transforming Rural Livelihoods in Western Zambia.
“We are currently receiving applications from communities that are facing water challenges and very soon, we will review the applications and see which areas to give these boreholes.
“We are certain that the 10 boreholes will make a very big difference and we hope to have many more interventions so that we can be able to address the challenges that the communities are facing out there,” he said.
Mr Muleya noted that the council was looking at every possible intervention and partner with different stakeholders and be able to address the needs of our people.
Govt warns against information gaps on Kasenseili Mine
ZCCM-IH management and Mwinilunga District Administration should help diffuse unfounded rumours about operations at Kasenseligold mine, North-Western Province Permanent Secretary Willies Mangimela has said.
Mr Mangimela said allegations that Government had grabbed land from settlers and accusations that the Head of State was benefiting from the gold resource at Kasenseli were false.
The Permanent Secretary added that it was an offence to use the name of the President in unfounded allegations.
He said District Administration should inform the communities on matters of investment correctly.
Mr Mangimela said did not want information gaps about operations at Kasenseli to cause tension between Government and people in the area.
“As Provincial Administration I want to see that this investment does not bring problems in the district. If the local people are not involved they rise against the Government, so we do not want confusion that may lead into riotous behaviour,” he said.
Mr Manjimela emphasized the need for quick compensation of the affected farmers by providing timelines to avoid politicians taking advantage of the situation could have a negative impact on the investment.
“If the compensation is delayed it may bring tension and politicians may take advantage of the situation and create a problem so we need to act because this investment will benefit everyone including the opposition,” he added.
He has since instructed managers at the site to only allow people with clearance from relevant administrative and security to the mine area to avoid rumour mongering.