Give us a bridge, gov­ern­ment urged

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - BY PETER MALASHA

RES­I­DENTS of Kabengeshi in Mkushi have ap­pealed to gov­ern­ment to erect Kabengeshi Bridge on Kakushi River.

Mak­ing an ap­peal through Kabengeshi ward Coun­cil­lor Stan­ley Hamiyanda told the Daily Na­tion that due to lack of a bridge, early this year a Teacher from Kabengeshi pri­mary School drowned on the river as he tried to cross af­ter a heavy down­pour.

He said to avert los­ing more lives; there is ur­gent need for gov­ern­ment to erect the Bridge be­fore the on­set of the rains.

Coun­cil­lor Hamiyanda said he has made many ap­peals to the District coun­cil over the mat­ter but noth­ing has come forth while.

“l have re­ported the mat­ter to the lo­cal author­ity and asked for cul­verts. But the coun­cil has done noth­ing to this date. We are really con­cerned as a com­mu­nity we don’t want to lose more lives in the same man­ner.” Coun­cil­lor Hamiyanda com­plained.

The civic leader fur­ther ex­plained that if the bridge is not erected, it will be dif­fi­cult to trans­port 2017- 2018 in­puts un­der Fer­til­izer In­put Sup­port Pro­gramme (FISP).

Mr. Hamiyanda said res­i­dents in the area are con­cerned and asked the PF gov­ern­ment to full fill the pledge they made by set­ting up the needed bridge.

In re­sponse Mkushi Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) Doreen Mwape said the mat­ter was be­ing looked into with the ur­gency it de­served. Ms. Mwape said her of­fice to­gether with the Coun­cil Chair­man Evans Bwalya and

Mkushi District Com­mis­sioner Luka Mwamba will en­sure that Kabengeshi bridge is done to avoid lose of more lives.

Ef­fort to con­tact Mkushi District Coun­cil Chair­man Evans Bwalya proved fu­tile by press time as he was locked up in the meet­ing.

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