21st December, 2020 – Nyimba – Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection, Jonas Chanda has reassured residents of Katete and Nyimba Districts of President Edgar Lungu’s Government’s commitment to improving water and sanitation services in their areas.
Dr. Chanda who was speaking when he inspected dams, water treatment plants and water supply schemes in the urban and remote areas of Katete and Nyimba Districts, says Eastern Province is water stressed and in urgent need of boreholes and water reticulation infrastructure.
He says this is the reason why His Excellency, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has prioritised the provision of clean and safe water and sanitation services to all Zambians without leaving anyone behind, in line with the nation’s Vision 2030, Seventh National Development Plan and the Sustainable Development Goal number six (6).
The Minister has since directed the Provincial Water Engineer for Eastern province as well as Eastern Water Supply and Sanitation Company to quickly move in and rehabilitate all dysfunctional domestic and industrial boreholes, as well as handpumps, in Kacholola, Nyimba District, as well as Kaumbwe in Petauke and Chimwemwe township in Chipata.
And Nyimba Member of Parliament Hon Olipa Phiri, who is also Minister in the Office of the Vice President who accompanied Dr Chanda, has since appealed to the Minister to help the people of Nyimba who are experiencing severe water challenges at the boma area, in Kacholola and other rural areas in the vast constituency.
Dr Chanda has been on a week-long tour of Eastern province to check on the water and sanitation situation, and has also visited traditional leaders and community members in Chipata, Lumezi, Lundazi, Petauke, Kaumbwe, Katete, and Nyimba Districts.
Meanwhile, Mombe Ward Councilor in Kacholola area, in Nyimba, Chewe Katwamba, appealed to the two ministers to treat the water situation challenge at Kacholola trading area as a matter of urgency.
And a trader, Misozi Tembo says the provision of clean and safe water and sanitation services to the trading area will address challenges such as water borne diseases.
Public Relations Unit,
Ministry of Water Development Sanitation and Environmental Protection,