President Edgar Lungu has declared Chipata a city.
Speaking during the occasion this morning held at Chipata Municipal Council, President Lungu stated that Chipata has the needed infrastructure to be declared a city.
He said that the declaration of a city meant that the district now has the potential to attract more investment.
Meanwhile Minister of Local Government and Housing, Vincent Mwale has paid tribute to President Lungu for fulling the dream of people in Eastern Province to have Chipata declared a city.
Speaking earlier, Mr. Mwale stated that people in Chipata and Eastern Province have been waiting anxiously to have Chipata declared a city.
And Mr. Mwale explained that government is committed to ensuring that the operations of local authorities across the country are improved.
He says that this is among the reasons while government has been implementing the decentralization policy.
The minister challenged councils in the country to emulate Chipata Municipal Council so that they can be upgraded to municipalities and cities.
Meanwhile President Edgar Lungu has expressed happiness with the unity being exhibited by Zambians in Eastern Province.
Speaking upon arrival at Chipata Airport where a huge crowd of people from all walks of life welcomed him, Mr. Lungu was particularly happy that the crowed included members of some opposition political parties.
He said that the presence of the opposition leaders was an indication that the country believes in the One Zambia One Nation motto.
The Zambia National Service ZNS has been hired to construct the new Lundazi airstrip at a cost of about 1 million Kwacha.
Lundazi District Council Secretary Boyd Kaoma has confirmed the development Breeze News in Lundazi.
Mr. Kaoma says that the works have already commenced in Champheta area of Chief Mphamba.
He revealed that the six weeks project has already reached 60 per cent and that it was set to be completed by March 20th.
Mr. Kaoma explained that 590,000 Kwacha has already been paid to the contractor for the project.
He says that the construction of a new airstrip follows the agreement with the Civil Aviation to surrender the current airstrip to the local authority for developmental purposes.
The United Party for National Development, UPND in Eastern Province has condemned the decision by government to temporarily suspending the distribution of farming inputs to farmers under the E-voucher system in Chipata district.
UPND Provincial spokesperson, Victor Mbuzi told Breeze News that the suspension is uncalled for because it will contribute to poor crop yields as the exercise has already delayed.
Mr. Mbuzi says the issue of investigating farmers, who may have accessed the inputs twice, should not be a reason to suspend the exercise.
He says the exercise should have continued despite the investigations as most farmers have delayed to apply fertilizer to their crops.
Mr. Mbuzi alleged that there may be other reasons why government has suspended the exercise such as lack of money to load the cards and not the investigations that only involve about ten farmers.
He called on government to quickly resume the distribution of farming inputs in Chipata.
Early this week, government unearthed a scam where some farmers had accessed the inputs twice after banks erroneously credited their e-voucher cards twice.