NEWLY elected councillor for Chovwe ward in Kalumbila district Kelvin Nkolomba says he is determined to fulfil his campaign promises by taking development closer to the people.
Mr Nkolomba, who contested as an Independent, told the Daily Nation in an interview that as representative of the people of Chovwe, he would spend his energies on delivering development to all parts of the ward.
He said he was interested in implementing programmes and projects that would help uplift the living standards of everyone in his ward.
He indicated that his first priority would be to improve the road network so that farmers had easy access to the market.
“Chovwe is predominantly a farming community, and so as per my promise to the people, I have to work on the road network so that our farmers can easily take their produce to the market,” he said.
He would also work closely with education authorities in the district and ensure that school infrastructure was improved.
“Apart from that, the area has no secondary school. The nearest secondary school is over 70 kilometres from Chovwe, and pupils are forced to rent houses in nearby villages, which is also a danger especially to a girl child,” he said.
And Mr Nkolomba said he was ready to work with stakeholders to realise development in the area.
“For the sake of developing the area, I am more than ready to work with everyone. Let us bring our ideas together and develop the area,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tunvwanganai councillor Kyapalushi Kapatamoya says her priority was to improve the welfare of women in her ward.
She said women in most cases were marginalised and overlooked, hence the need to empower them.