MP de­fends Mkushi de­vel­op­ment

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - BY PETER MALASHA

Mkushi District has not been left out on the de­vel­op­ment ve­hi­cle, Mkushi north Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) Doreen Mwape has said.

In an in­ter­view with the Daily Na­tion, Ms. Mwape said since the Pa­tri­otic Front (PF) gov­ern­ment came into power, Mkushi has ben­e­fited in var­i­ous de­vel­op­men­tal projects.

Ms. Mwape pointed out con­struc­tion of the ever District hos­pi­tal as ma­jor milestone for the district since in­de­pen­dence. She said the hos­pi­tal project has reached the verge of 98% in terms of com­ple­tion to see it open to the pub­lic.

The area MP said if the hos­pi­tal comes into full op­er­a­tional, would pro­mote good qual­ity health care and re­duce con­ges­tion at the District Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal.

“This shows that the PF gov­ern­ment has demon­strated good lead­er­ship in Mkushi and the district has ben­e­fited from de­vel­op­men­tal projects.

Mkushi has never had the District hos­pi­tal since in­de­pen­dence but with the PF gov­ern­ment here we are the Hos­pi­tal has been erected.” Ms. Mwape ex­plained.

Ms. Mwape fur­ther men­tioned ac­qui­si­tion of 61 so­lar ham­mer mills that will be rolled out in all the 14 wards as great achieve­ment for the district. She said the move will ac­cel­er­ate agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity in the area be­ing the bread bas­ket of the na­tion and cre­ate youth em­ploy­ment.

The law maker said her con­stituency has also ben­e­fited five health posts out of the 650 health fa­cil­i­ties coun­try wide project.

Ms. Mwape fur­ther cited in­tro­duc­tion of so­cial cash trans­fer loans as some­thing Mkushi women should be proud of. She said the de­vel­op­ment will en­hance liveli­hood of women in the district.

She also ex­plained that Fi­wila mis­sion will soon be con­nected to the ZESCO power grid a sit­u­a­tion she called as per­fect de­vel­op­ment.

“PF un­der Pres­i­dent Edi­gar Lungu want to take de­vel­op­ment to all cor­ners of the coun­try.” Ms. Mwape said.

Ms. Mwape charged that de­vel­op­ment is not only about con­struc­tion of town­ship roads but look­ing into other av­enues both ur­ban and in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties that en­hance peo­ples’ lives. She added that just re­cently gov­ern­ment awarded a Chi­nese con­trac­tor to ac­com­plish a 20.3km Town­ship road stretch aban­doned by Karen mo­tors who had the con­tract ter­mi­nated.

She has since ap­pealed to the peo­ple of Mkushi to ex­er­cise pa­tience as de­vel­op­ment is not trig­gered in a day but with time.

Ms. Mwape’s re­ac­tion came in the wake of some sec­tion of so­ci­ety com­plain­ing that Mkushi district is lag­ging be­hind in de­vel­op­ment as com­pared to other dis­tricts.

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