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Luapula Province PS directs Milenge DC to monitor road rehabilitation works

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Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Anna Mwitwa has directed Milenge District Commissioner Mumba Mushitu to constantly supervise and monitor the rehabilitation works on the Milenge-Kasanka road which recently commenced.

Ms. Mwitwa urged the Milenge DC to ensure the contractor engaged to do the rehabilitation works did a good job as Government will not accept shoddy works.

ZANIS reports that speaking when she paid a courtesy call on the Milenge DC, Ms Mwitwa stated that Government had released enough resources for the works and thus the job needed to be done expeditiously.

And the Milenge DC Mumba Wala Mushitu said so far only four kilometers of the road had been worked on because the grader broke down; a situation which he said has created a slight delay in the progress of the works.

Mr. Mushitu told the Permanent Secretary that he was informed that the road equipment and the personnel will be in the district for a month and half so that they could cover a considerable mileage if resources will allow stating that the road was critical to the economic development of the district.

And grader Operator Wilson Kasanda earlier informed the Permanent Secretary that the stretch was about 74 kilometers and was signed for K1.25 billion, adding that the rehabilitation works started on June 22.

Mr. Kasanda said had it been not for the breakdown of the grader, the contractor would have covered an appreciable distance by the time the Permanent Secretary made an on the spot inspection of the works on the road.

And the Permanent Secretary has also called on Milenge DC to revive the bee-keeping, sorghum and honey packaging agricultural activities for which the district was renowned for in the past.

She said this was important because it would contribute greatly to the economic activities of the district and the province as a whole.

This was after the District Commissioner informed the permanent secretary that the majority of the small scale farmers in the district have opted to grow maize because of the ready market with the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) as opposed to growing sorghum which took time to find the market

(Source: ZANIS/Picture by ALEX MUKUKA)

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