A row has erupted in the Kabwe Municipal Councils concerning the disproportionate allocation of earth moving equipment, where it is alleged that some are given preference at the expense of other wards mainly in the opposition hands.
On Saturday, Luansase ward residents complained that they were not receiving their fair share of the usage of the grader simply because their councillor Macdonald Mwamba was from the opposition MMD.
But Kabwe central MP James Kapyanga denied any segregation. Mr. Mwamba also expressed dissatisfaction at the development.
“I am disappointed that in spite of the grader being scheduled to come and do works in my ward, it has now been taken to Chowa ward because we hear that there was influence from some minister. Now this is unfair because the people of my ward are being segregated against,” he said.
According to the municipal council approved grading programme obtained by the Daily Nation, the grader was supposed to have been moved to Luansase ward after works in Bwacha and Kawama but it was reportedly taken to Chowa ward.
In reaction to Mr. Mwamba’s comments, both Kabwe mayor Richard Bango and Transport and Communications Deputy minister Kapyanga have denied any involvement in the allocation of the grader which was acquired using Constituency Development Funds from Bwacha and Kabwe central constituencies.
Mr. Kapyanga emphasised that it was not possible for any MP to alter the council resolution and that the grading programme was agreed in the council. He accused Mr. Mwamba of crying foul in order to win political sympathy because of a hidden agenda as he was aspiring to contest the Kabwe Central seat on a named opposition party ticket.
“It is not true that there has been any unfair allocation. Luansase is also in my constituency and it is one of the wards that has benefitted more with projects such as a school and also the road network.
“No MP can change what is agreed upon in the council meeting and I am not even aware of what he is talking about. But Mr. Mwamba must explain what he has individually done for his ward. I have information that he wants to contest Kabwe Central on a certain opposition political party’s ticket, let him come out in the open,” Mr. Kapyanga said. And Mr. Bango expressed worry that his deputy had opted to use the media in a matter that was supposed to be resolved internally among councillors.
The mayor echoed Mr. Kapyanga’s sentiments of Luansase receiving a large portion of CDF in spite of being in opposition hands.