Govt as­sures clean wa­ter for all Zam­bians

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

GOV­ERN­MENT is work­ing to­wards mo­bil­is­ing re­sources to en­sure clean wa­ter for all Zam­bians, act­ing Wa­ter De­vel­op­ment, San­i­ta­tion and En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Minister Richard Musukwa has said.

Mr Musukwa said ac­cess to clean wa­ter sup­ply was Gov­ern­ment’s top pri­or­ity as it was a hu­man right.

He said Gov­ern­ment had since pri­ori­tised ru­ral ar­eas, as they were in dire need of clean wa­ter.

He ob­served that women in ru­ral ar­eas walked long dis­tances to ac­cess wa­ter; a sit­u­a­tion he said would be ur­gently ad­dressed.

He said Gov­ern­ment was mo­bil­is­ing re­sources to en­sure that wa­ter chal­lenges be­come a thing of the past in the coun­try.

The minister was speak­ing in Par­lia­ment yesterday when he closed de­bate on the bud­get for the min­istry.

“Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that clean wa­ter is a mat­ter of ur­gent for the peo­ple of Zam­bia, es­pe­cially those in ru­ral ar­eas. Women walk long dis­tances to ac­cess wa­ter, but as Gov­ern­ment we stand ready to en­sure women are given pri­or­ity

“This is why we are mo­bi­liz­ing re­sources to mit­i­gate wa­ter chal­lenges, Gov­ern­ment is very se­ri­ous in ad­dress­ing these chal­lenges,” he said.

Mr Musukwa also noted that the min­istry was re­ceiv­ing mas­sive sup­port from the donor com­mu­nity, as most projects were funded by donors.

He said that was an in­di­ca­tion that donors had con­fi­dence in the Pa­tri­otic Front Gov­ern­ment.

He ap­pealed to other stake­hold­ers to partner with Gov­ern­ment in en­sur­ing that clean wa­ter sup­ply for all Zam­bian be­came a re­al­ity.

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