Makebi Zulu pledges to im­prove Eastern Prov­ince

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By AL­FRED TEMBO HEALTH and ed­u­ca­tion are crit­i­cal com­po­nents that are in­stru­men­tal in stim­u­lat­ing devel­op­ment and the govern­ment has taken kin in­ter­est in im­prov­ing these sec­tors for the coun­try to at­tain growth, Eastern Prov­ince Min­is­ter, Makebi Zulu has said.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of “Makebi Zulu Char­ity Cup-2018 edi­tion,” in Kamwan­jili vil­lage which lies some 40 kilo­me­tres from Chipata, along Mfuwe Road, Mr. Zulu said in the near fu­ture all the ru­ral ar­eas will be pow­ered with hy­dro-elec­tric­ity to en­sure that no one re­mains be­hind in the devel­op­ment agenda.

He said he was de­ter­mined to pro­vide a great plat­form for change across the Eastern Prov­ince adding that it was in light of what Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu was ex­pect­ing of him.

Mr Zulu said as part of his as­sign­ment he was de­ter­mined to in­flu­ence growth be­yond elec­tion prom­ises.

“We are look­ing at broad­en­ing the op­por­tu­nity base for ev­ery Zam­bian re­gard­less where they are. The next in line on our score sheet is con­nect­ing ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to elec­tric­ity, un­der the ru­ral elec­tri­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme,” said Mr. Zulu.

He ex­plained that the pro­gramme was be­ing done in a sys­tem­atic ap­proach, seek­ing to con­nect key ar­eas are in­stru­men­tal in day to day sub­sis­tence of com­mu­ni­ties.

“Pri­mar­ily we want ev­ery com­mu­nity to ben­e­fit from this pro­gramme. But be­cause we are fully aware that com­mu­ni­ties do not thrive in iso­la­tion we opt to tar­get schools and health cen­tres across the prov­ince.

“In the case of Mambwe dis­trict, Mphomwa vil­lage we will soon be elec­tri­fied. Ac­cord­ing to the plan for us to ac­cess Mphomwa we had to con­nect Chisengu vil­lage which is un­der 20 kilo­me­tres range,” said Mr. Zulu.

He said there was a great un­tapped op­por­tu­nity in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to stim­u­late na­tional devel­op­ment.

Through “Makebi Zulu Char­ity Cup-2018 edi­tion,”an an­nual sport­ing gala Mr. Zulu awards prize money, sport­ing kits to win­ning teams for men and women worth over K15, 000.00.

He said the main aim of the sport­ing gala was bring peo­ple from var­i­ous back­grounds to in­ter­act and share con­struc­tive knowl­edge on crit­i­cal na­tional agenda and help­ing youths to de­sist from vices that are ret­ro­gres­sive.

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