Give us a bridge, government urged
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.