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Poor road network, water crisis irk Zanimuone residents

SIMON MUNTEMBA writes

@SunZambian          

RESIDENTS of Zanimuone West and Kabangwe area in Katuba constituency have bemoaned the poor state of the roads and water crisis in the area.

A number of visibly disappointed residents have complained that despite repeated assurances by political representatives in the recent years, the area was faced with immense difficulties everyday due to poor road network and water crisis.

Alleging step-motherly treatment since inception, the residents who also felt neglected said they have time and again put forth their demand through their civic leader for overcoming the developmental crisis in the area but nothing has been done.

Speaking on behalf of the community, Chrissy Kalubangwe highlighted all their challenges and demands.

Chrissy Kalubangwe

Mr Kalubangwe, 45,   said the people of Zanimuone West and Kabangwe want better basic amenities and improvement in road connectivity, water reticulation, health and education services.

Mr Kalubangwe said due to poor road network, the general public were subjected to untold hardships.

He said there was need for Precem Road (via City College University/ZAF Kabangwe) to Barastone, Chunga – Chingwere-Zanimuone West Road and others to be worked on as that would even ease traffic congestion on the Great North Road.

He emphasized the urgent need to work on the poor state of roads in the area which is approximately 12 kilometers before rain season, lamenting that they would become impassable.

Mr Kalubangwe said the community felt neglected as many newly developed communities have a good number of roads tarred.

And another representative of the community, Salome Kasonda said residents were sore that the Precem Road road and Chunga – Chingwere-Zanimuone West Road were the most neglected ones.

Ms Kasonda, 33, who is a resident of Kabangwe said the locals were irked over the constant problems and had pinned their hopes on the current area Councillor, Kayula Kambani.

Salome Kasonde

She also expressed concern over lack of government schools and primary health centre in the area.

“We have been crying for roads in Kabangwe and Zanimuone West for a long time now. These roads are very bad. We have never had a tarred road here and in this current states of our roads, when a woman is about to give birth, it has really been a problem because we don’t even have a health facility in the area. We need a lasting solution to this,” she said.

When contacted for a comment, Chunga ward councilor Kayula Kambani said she was doing everything possible to have the roads worked on.

Ms Kambani who acknowledged having received complaints from the residents said she has brought their concerns to the attention of both the Road Development Agency (RDA) and permanent secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Charles Mushota.

She said the PS and RDA has assured her that the roads will be worked on under the L400 projects adding the area was added in the database as a beneficiary.

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