FARMERS in Kakolo and Kamfinsa agricultural areas have been cut-off from the rest of Kitwe following the washing away of the Kakolo bridge by heavy rains which the district has been receiving in the past one week.
The Kakolo Bridge is on the Mwekera stream and following the heavy rains, the stream burst its banks, washing away the bridge leading to the farmers in the area being cut-off from the rest of Kitwe.
Kamfinsa Member of Parliament (MP) Moses Chishimba said the washing away of the bridge by the heavy rains has cut-off the people in the area from the rest of Kitwe.
He said he would now ask the government of President Edgar Lungu to open the Mufuchani bridge so that the people in the area could use it as an alternative route.
Mr Chishimba was speaking when he went to inspect the washed away bridge in the area where some farmers were found stranded .
“As you can see this is the Kakolo bridge which has been washed away by heavy rains and farmers on the other side have been cut-off from the rest of Kitwe.
Am sure you can see those people who are stranded after finding that the bridge has been washed away.
“We will now ask the government of President Edgar Lungu to open the Mufuchani bridge so that people could be using it as an alternative route.
This is an agricultural area people use this bridge to transport themselves and goods. So it is important that we find an alternative route,” Mr Chishimba said.
And Mr Chishimba has said the 2016 Constituency Development Fund (CDF) would be used for constructing a strong bridge on Kakolo bridge so that the farmers in the area were assured of ease transportation of agricultural inputs and products to and from the area.
He said the 2015 CDF would also be used for the construction of bridges on Kamatete and Chipashi Chankalamo bridges to ease the transportation of agricultural inputs and products like maize, groundnuts and other agricultural products.
“In Kamfinsa constituency, we don’t believe in using CDF in small projects, but we want big projects that would make a positive impact on the lives of the people in the community.
In Ndeke village, we used CDF to construct a police post and so, this is why we want to use the 2016 CDF to construct a strong bridge on the Mwekera stream, ” He said.