SIMON MUNTEMBA writes
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has donated 100 bags of cement to Chief Inshima of the Lunda people of Zambezi District to go towards completion of construction of the palace.
The Head of State made the donation through Housing and Infrastructure Development minister Ronald Chitotela who visited the Chief’s palace yesterday.
This is contained in a statement issued by ministry’s public relations officer Jeff Banda.
Mr Chitotela said government had embarked on a project to construct chiefs’ palaces in various chiefdoms in Zambia.
The Minister also promised the traditional leadership that he would engage his ministry of energy counterpart to electrify the palace.
And Chief Inshima who was not at the palace during the Minister’s visit but spoke through his wife thanked the President for the gesture.
He also thanked Mr Chitotela for being the first Minister to visit the palace.
Earlier the Minister asked MPs to use the Constituency Development Fund to address urgent needs in their constituencies such as building of classrooms or teachers houses.
Mr Chitotela said this when he visited senior Chief Inshindi of the Lunda people of Zambezi East.
Mr Chitotela expressed displeasure with the state of disrepair of government public infrastructure in Chavuma.
He said it was sad that district leaders could allow public infrastructure to deteriorate to a state of disrepair without them doing anything.
The minister said this when he addressed government workers in Chavuma.
He said as a minister in charge of infrastructure, he would not tolerate a situation where public officers failed to look after public infrastructure.
He warned that any public worker found frustrating government programs would not be transferred but risk being sacked.
And President Lungu also asked for an estimate of other remaining needs of the house such as window panes, ceiling board and doors so that he could source funds for the items.