MUFUMBWE district council in North Western Province has embarked on the construction of a mini-shopping complex to broaden its revenue base, says council secretary Mwansa Mfula.
Mr Mfula said the complex which would be the first of its kind in the district would comprise about 20 shops and will be constructed at a cost of about K400, 000 using local resources.
He told the Daily Nation in an interview that works had already started and the contractor was expected to complete the works in eight months’ time.
“The mini-complex will not only help the local authority broaden its revenue base but will accord our business community to trade in clean and modern environment,”said Mr Mfula.
He also said the council was renovating the council guest house at a total cost of K350, 000 to keep it attractive and more hospitable.
“Not only that, we are also putting up a conference hall at our guest house. Mufumbwe has no conference facilities, and so we are trying to take advantage of that,” he said.
He further disclosed that the council has set up a quarry plant which was being used to supply crushed stones of all sizes to supply the local communities.
Meanwhile, Mr Mfula said the upgrading of the 15.7 kilometres of township roads to bituminous standard at a total cost of K115 million in the district was on course.
He said the contractor had so far done 8 kilometres of the sub- base.
“The project is on course and I can proudly say works are going on well and as planned,” he said.
He also said government had released funds to drill 11 boreholes and VIP toilets at Shungulu and Shongwa primary schools as well Kaminzekenzeke market and Kashima East rural health centre.