23rd October, 2020
Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Minister, Jonas Chanda has assured Chief Mwata Kazembe of the Lunda people that President Edgar Lungu’s transformative water supply and sanitation projects will see Luapula Province move from a low water supply coverage of 45 per cent to 100 per cent and a sanitation coverage from 14 per cent to 80 per cent.
The Minister who said this in Mwansabombwe District when he called on the Mwata Kazembe at his palace, told the Traditional Leader that President Edgar Lungu is spearheading the over USD $40 million Integrated Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Luapula province, being implemented in Mansa, Samfya, Mwense and Kawambwa Districts.
Dr. Chanda said the project will increase access to water supply and sanitation services in the four districts.
The Minister also informed the Mwata Kazembe that Government in partnership with the Federal Republic of Germany, through KfW and GIZ is in the process of embarking on a project to rehabilitate existing water supply and sanitation infrastructure in Mwansabombwe District and construct two piped water schemes and sanitation facilities.
He said the Mwata Kazembe’s palace will be prioritised under the project.
The Minister said President Edgar Lungu wants to see that the palace and all the over 50,000 residents in the district and the surrounding areas are not left behind, but have access to clean and safe water and sanitation services.
He said this will protect them from water-borne diseases like cholera, typhoid, dysentery and bilharzia.
He also informed the Mwata Kazembe that Government will in the next one week send a technical team to Mwansabombwe District to carry out a comprehensive assessment of all water supply and sanitation challenges like dilapidated storage tanks and pipes, lack of water chlorination and water treatment chemicals.
Meanwhile, Chief Mwata Kazembe has praised Government for coming up with both short and long term solutions to the water supply and sanitation situation in the area.
The Mwata Kazembe says lack of access to clean and safe water as well as adequate sanitation have been attributed to most of the cholera cases in the past.
Dr. Chanda later inspected the Water Supply Scheme at the Mwata Kazembe’s Palace, the Kazembe Piped Water Project, Kapale Boarding Secondary School, Mbereshi Mission Hospital and Mabel Shaw Girls School to appreciate challenges the Institutions are facing in water and sanitation services.
The Minister was accompanied by Mwansabombwe Member of Parliament, Kabaso Kapampi
In September, 2020, the Head of State pledged to send Dr. Chanda to resolve water challenges the people of Mwansabombwe have been facing.
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