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Kalindi residents cry for water

GLORIA KANGWA writes

@SunZambian 

RESIDENTS of Kalindi area in Musaka Ward of Mushindamo district, North-Western Province, feel their cry for water will never be answered.

The residents said the lack of water had persisted for a long time and had now given up hoping for a solution.

They were speaking during a public hearing a private house organised by Kwetu Voice for Development under a project called Local Participation in Governance (LoPaGo).

The project is funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Zambia.

Brian Rodwell, resident, said for many times they had been promised water but were still waiting.

“We have been asking for water boreholes to be brought closer; that the areas where they have been placed are too far. Our wives have to go into [Democratic Republic of] Congo, our neighbouring country, to buy water and it is expensive”, Mr Rodwell said.

“The mine in our neighbouring country also has made it difficult for us to even have wells because there is no water underground. Water is needed everywhere, but among the many challenges we have it is the biggest,” he said.

Mr Rodwell said the residents in the area were tired of complaining about the same problems and asked that they be worked on.

He said the ward lacked a decent road network, hospitals and empowerment programmes for women.

Mr Rodwell said farm inputs under the Famer Input Support Programme (FISP) be delivered on time.

He said pre-schools should be introduced in the area, too, so that their children could have an early start in education.

Acting Executive Director of the

Kwetu Voice for Development Organisation acting executive director Oliver Chilefu said the organisation would ensure the problems were addressed.

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