Kabwe deputy mayor McDonald Mwansa has appealed to Government to help the council meet a K45,000 shortfall needed to meet the roofing costs for Kachulu market in Kabwe Central constituency’s Luansase ward.
Mr. Mwamba, who is the MMD area ward councillor, disclosed that so far K35,000 has been sourced from the ward development fund but there was still a shortfall of K45,000 to enable the council to complete works on the roof which was blown off over a year ago.
“So far we have accessed K35,000 from the ward development fund but the bill of quantities given to us amounts to K80,000 meaning we have a shortfall of K45,000 hence our appeal to Government to come to our aid,” said the civic leader.
He said that the matter was brought before the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) through Kabwe DC Patrick Chishala but that no assistance has come forth. He bemoaned the poor response, saying this has subjected the people to trading in a hazardous area and wondered what would happen with the onset of the rains.
“We communicated with the DMMU through the Kabwe DC and were assured of assistance but so far there has been nothing coming forth. Government must be seen to help, to be caring for the people, so we are making another earnest appeal otherwise it will be hard for the marketeers as the rains approach,” he said.
And those trading at the market told the Daily Nation that they were disappointed that Government has not heeded their appeal to have the market roofed in spite of the assurances from Kabwe DC Patrick Chishala.
“The DC came here some time back after the roof was blown off and he told us that Government would help us to have the market roofed again but it is over a year now and nothing has been done. We are very disappointed because Government must be caring for people but this is not the case,” said one marketeer who sought anonymity.