NEWLY elected council chairperson for Kasempa District Council Stanley Kaindu says he is going to prioritise the road network in the district during his tenure of office.
Mr Kaindu said in an interview that a good road network was critical to the development of every area, hence the need to improve them.
He said most of the roads in the district were in a deplorable state.
He said Kasempa, being a transit town, needed a good road network so that economic development could be enhanced.
He said the Mumbwa-Kasempa and Kaoma-Kasempa roads were some of the roads that needed immediate attention because they linked not only Kasempa to other parts of the country such as Western and Lusaka provinces but the entire province.
“The two are trunk roads, so we will have to involve the central Government in ensuring that they are worked on so that we have easy movement of people,” he said.
He also said most of the feeder roads in the area were in a deplorable state, a situation which he said disadvantaged farmers in the area.
“The district is predominantly a farming community, so we have to improve the road network in the area so that our farmers can take their produce to the market without challenges,” he said.
On township roads, Mr Kaindu appreciated Government’s efforts in ensuring that they were worked on.
He however said more needed to be done to improve all the roads in the area.
And Mr Kaindu observed that there was need to set up a skills training centre in the area that would offer survival skills to the local people especially the youths.
He said unlike other areas, Kasempa had no tertiary institution that could offer training in various spheres of life.
“Most of our youths in the district end up involving themselves in illicit activities not because they want to but because they have nothing to keep them busy,” he said.
He also said there was need to set up a public library in the district.