—-A cross section of Luangwa residents have commended Luangwa District Council for procuring a grade using the Constituency Development Funds (CDF), saying this will supplement government’s efforts of grading feeder roads in the area through the Rural Roads Unit (RRU).
Headman Chiendiendi, Geoffrey Kalonga and Chairperson of the Churches Association, Davis Mavunga, said the procuring of the grader by the Luangwa District Council has come at the right time when most of the feeder roads were in a deplorable condition.
Rev Mavunga said the grader will supplement and compliment government’s efforts through the RRU in grading feeder roads most of which have become impassable.
And a youth, who did not want to be mentioned, said the buying of the grader using the CDF was the only development that he has seen coming from the funds as most of the times CDF has been used to build markets in all the wards which are not even used because people do not have anything to sell, resulting in these markets to become kraals for goats.
Meanwhile Luangwa District Commissioner, Eunie Mumba, said the c the grader has come at a right time as it will open up the district for development.
Mr Mumba said the buying of the grader by the council was a good move towards development as this will enhance service delivery to rural communities by the government.
He said the district will no longer just depend on the Rural Roads Unit to work on feeder and township roads as the unit has a lot of commitments within the province to grade access roads.
The District Commissioner implored the council to fully utilize the grader so that Luangwa district is opened up for development as the PF government was in a hurry to fulfil its campaign promises of taking development to the people.
And the District Council and Management has expressed happiness that the grader has finally arrived in the district.
Council Chairman, Godfrey Mulunga, Council Secretary, Given Muleya and Procurement Officer, Venter Siamwenda said they were very happy that finally the grader has arrived in the district after making orders in 2013 using the Constituency Development Funds (CDF).
Mr. Muleya said the delay in the coming of the grader brought a lot of talk amongst councillors with others saying management had stolen the money.