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Luapula Water Supply and Sanitation Company has been given a 10 day ultimatum to submit a report on why the 20 percent local sub-contractor policy is not been followed in the Samfya Water project.

Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Minister, Raphael Nakacinda, has also directed utility companies in the country to take over the running of all water facility services.

The Minister said this when he inspected water infrastructure projects in Samfya.

Mr. Nakacinda, who was flanked by Luapula Province Minister, Nickson Chilangwa, said it is wrong to selectively apply the policy.

“I want the report within 10 days so that we can address this matter. We can’t allow our people to be denied an opportunity to participate in the economy,” he says.

On the taking over of running of water facility and services, Mr. Nakacinda says it is not practical to allow communities and local authorities to deal with water and sanitation.

Mr. Nakacinda says water utility companies should effectively run the affairs.

Meanwhile, Mr. Chilangwa said the establishing the Luapula River Authority (LRA) will contribute to the social and economic growth of the province and the country as a whole.

The Luapula Province Minister said this when Mr. Nakacinda paid a courtesy call on him earlier in the day.

Mr. Chilangwa says the Luapula River, which is shared with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has immense hydro potential which both countries want to tap but coming up with an authority will enable the two countries to utilize the water resource effectively.

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