By Nation Reporter
NEWLY sworn in councillors in Manyinga district have been asked to embrace all tribes as they embark on their civic duties.
The call was made by Manyinga District Council chairperson
Davinnox Chikuta during the swearing in ceremony of councillors held at the Civic Centre at the weekend.
Mr Chikuta said time for tribal politics was over, adding that civic leaders should instead concentrate on delivering development to the people of Manyinga as promised during the campaign period.
“Let me take this opportunity to implore my fellow civic leaders that bickering and finger-pointing will not take us anywhere. People are looking to us as their elective leaders to fulfil our promises,” he said.
Mr Chikuta also pledged to complete all unfinished projects and embark on new ones under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) by working together with all councillors, council management and stakeholders in the district.
Officiating at the same event, Manyinga district commissioner Queen Manela re-affirmed Government’s commitment in empowering local authorities through the decentralization policy.
Ms Manela said that her office would remain open and ready to work with all civic leaders, including councillors, as partners in development.
“The Patriotic Front government under the able leadership of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu stands ready to empower local authorities because we believe that development starts at local authority level,” she said.
Meanwhile, Manyinga District Stakeholders Committee has praised the newly sworn in councillors who pledged to end tribalism and work together as a team to foster development in the new district.
Speaking in a separate interview, committee chairman Patrick Kamboyi implored the new civic leaders to quickly improve the social economic status of the district through the construction of more health posts, roads, schools and the completion of the construction of houses at the new boma site.
The 12 elected councillors from all 12 wards in the district were sworn in before Manyinga council secretary Patson Kapoba.