NORTH-Western Province permanent secretary Ephraim Mateyo says that Government has deployed staff to run all the State functions in the newly created Mushindamo district.
Among the departments are the district education board secretary (DEBS), district agriculture coordinator (DACO) and council staff.
He said the creation of the district by President Edgar Lungu was the right step meant to develop rural areas.
“The deployment of staff is on-going and soon all departments will be staffed,” said Mr Mateyo
Mr Mateyo said this when he graced this year’s Ukupupa traditional ceremony of the Lamba speaking people of Chief Kalilele of Mushindamo district.
And Mr Mateyo said Government through the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has electrified Mushindamo Girls Secondary School and to all schools along the Mushindamo road.
He said the electrification of the area would not only light up the area but also spur development.
He also announced that Government was constructing two hostels at Lamba Secondary School which he said were almost complete and would be handed over in August.
“Further, Government through the Public Private Partnership has constructed six VIP toilets at Kingovwa and Lamba primary schools, five at Shafilundu, Kichikwe and Kangwena primary schools and three at Kibombomene and Kibeya primary schools respectively,’’ he said.
He also said Government through the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has started buying maize from farmers countrywide, stressing that three satellite depots have been set up in Kalilele chiefdom.
“This is aimed at putting more money in people’s pockets,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Mateyo appealed to traditional leaders in the province to engage Government when sourcing for investors in their chiefdoms.
“This will help us provide checks and balances in the investment process as well as give Government an opportunity to advise accordingly,” said Mr Mateyo
And speaking through his representative, Chief Kalilele commended the Patriotic Front government under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu for improving the welfare of chiefs in Zambia and pledged to support the ruling government.
“Not only that, we would like to further commend Government for building a boarding facility at Lamba Secondary School which will protect the girl child from unwanted pregnancies,” he said.
He also appealed to the people in his chiefdom to remain peaceful ahead of the general elections.
Among the chiefs that attended this year’s Ukupupa traditional ceremony weere Senior Chief Kasempa, Chief Mumena, Chief Mulonga, Chief Kizela, Chief Musaka and Chief Kikola.