District Commissioners reveal challenges in government funding

Most major road projects in Eastern Province have stalled due to lack of funding from the government.

This came to light when Eastern Province Minister, Makebi Zulu held a meeting with District Commissioners at his office this morning.

The major road works that the district commissioners reported to have stalled are the Chipata-Vubwi, Chipata-Chadiza-Katete and the 15 kilometre diversion in Sinda district on the Great East Road.

Other works that have stalled are Township roads in Chadiza, Katete and Petauke district while some feeder roads have also been affected.

The District Commissioners also expressed disappointment over local contractors carrying out developmental projects in the province.

This has led to delay in completing works on the Lundazi district hospital, Administration block and housing units for civil servants in Vubwi and Nyimba districts.

The other challenges that the District Commissioners reported are lack of safe drinking water in most rural parts of the province.

And Provincial Minister, Makebi Zulu assured the District Commissioners that all the stalled works will be completed with the coming of decentralisation of government operations.

Mr. Zulu urged the District Commissioners to familiarise themselves with the constitution of Zambia and understand how operations of government departments will be carried out under decentralisation.

He instructed District Commissioners to improve on the reporting system of government operations in their various districts on a monthly basis so that most projects are monitored.

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