Kipushi town on the border with DR Congo in the newly created Mushindamo district has for some time been operating without running water,a situation that has forced residents to draw the commodity from the Democratic Republic of Congo side.
And Solwezi district commissioner Chipawa Chipawa assured the residents that government was aware of the situation and that a solution to the problem would be found soon.
“We are equally concerned with the situation at hand at the border post, but let me take this opportunity to assure the people here that a lasting solution will soon be put in place,
“ And the only way the situation will be arrested permanently is when we complete the connection of the area to the national grid which will be done by March this year, said Mr Chipawa.
Some residents talked to told the Daily Nation said that the commodity the problem had arisen due lack of power to pump water from the Lwenge River into the tanks.
“The area has no running water, and the river is very far from here and so we have no option but to cross to the Congo side,”one resident said. And one civil servant operating at the border who spoke on condition of anonymity said the situation was a security threat, adding that there is need for government to find a lasting solution to the problem.
“The situation here is not conducive, of course the people on the Congolese side are very friendly and accommodative but it is a big security because anything can happen at any time, he said.