Roads rehabilitation in Mwinilunga kicks off

Mwinilunga District Council in North-Western Province has set aside over K250,000 to work on township roads.

Council secretary Mwansa Mfula said that work to be done include grading and spot gravelling of the township roads in the district as the main roads await to be upgraded to bituminous standard by Government in the second phase of the Pave Zambia 2000 project.

“Yes, we have come up with a programme to work on township roads and right now we are grading township roads and immediately we finish we are going into wards and chiefdoms,’’ Mr. Mfula said.

He said the township has  a total distance of about 40 km and may take the local council about two months to complete.

Recently, President Edgar Lungu commissioned earth-moving equipment for Mwinilunga which the council bought at a cost of over K2.2 million using the 2013 and part of the 2014 Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

Meanwhile, Mr. Mfula has appealed to Government to consider reintroducing the crop levy that was removed.

Mr Mfula said rural councils like Mwinilunga were finding it very difficult to generate enough revenue to provide better services to communities due to lack of resources after the removal of crop levy.

“Our revenue base is very low and normally we rely on markets and buses that move from Mwinilunga to Lusaka, Copperbelt and the local trucks going to neighbouring Angola,’’ he said.

He said the crop levy which was removed has affected them as they were losing a lot of money, adding that if brought back again it was going to help the local authority enhance revenue collection.

He however commended Government for introducing the equalization fund to councils as it was helping local authorities to provide services to communities.

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