THE Construction of administrative centres and office blocks in newly created districts in Lusaka province is progressing, Lusaka Province Permanent ecretary Sturdy Mwale has said.
In 2013 the late President Michael Sata created Chilanga, Chirundu, and Shibuyunji and Rufunsa districts in Lusaka Province to enhance development in rural area.
In an interview with daily nation, Mr Mwale said government has already secured land for the projects in the respective districts and he was impressed that the construction works were being carried by the local contractors in all districts.
He however said this will be soon a thing of the past as the new district is now getting the benefits of practical decentralization which is bringing services as close to the communities as possible.
He said Shibuyunji will have its administrative centre, away from Mumbwa, it will have its own police station, hospital, high school, post office, among other structures and that many people did not understand the logic behind creation of new districts.
Mr Mwale is optimistic that office blocks will be ready for occupation in within the stipulated time; hence the problems of office space will be a thing of the past.
Mr Mwale stated that some of the government departments were currently sharing offices because the districts did not have adequate office accommodation.
He noted that the massive infrastructure development taking place shows government’s commitment to delivering services to citizens and all the districts will have equal share of development.
“All construction works have deadlines and Government wants these to be met. We conduct tours to supervise the works and a team will be moving round to ensure work is done on time,” he said.
Mr Mwale added that other major projects in Lusaka Province include the upgrading of Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka-Kafue-Chirundu road and other road projects under the Pave Zambia 2000 and L400 programme.