Moomba constituency completes CDF projects

By Staff Reporter

Sixteen projects costing about K1.6 Million under the 2012-2017 Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for Moomba constituency in Monze District have been completed.

About 9 of these projects are yet to be completed for implementation during the period 2012-2017 in the constituency and should be handed to beneficiaries.

During the inspection of the completed projects on Monday, United Party for National Development (UPND) Moomba member of parliament Fred Chaatila said most projects had stalled due to inadequate funding.

“The completed projects include the construction of classroom blocks, roofing of dormitory at Kaumba secondary school, construction of a milk collection centre, refurbishment of bridges, grading of feeder roads, and rehabilitation of three dams among others,” he said.

He observed that the completion of the CDF projects in his constituency was a huge milestone that would significantly help to better the lives of the people in the area.

“Government had the capacity to give each constituency K12 billion to meet the developmental aspiration of the people,” he said

He said it was possible for government to give each constituency adequate funds to steer bigger capital projects in the health, agriculture, transport and education sectors that would have a greater impact on people’s lives and reduce both poverty and development inequalities.

He noted that that the current CDF thresh hood of K1.4 million per Constituency was inadequate to address all the developmental needs of the communities across the country.

And Monze council chairperson Bisha Munsaka has appealed to traditional leaders to help government with land on which some of the developmental projects under CDF could be constructed.

He stressed that it was important for chiefs, village headmen and local communities to help government realise its developmental agenda by giving land for projects.

Monze District Council last December (2018) received a total of K4.2 million CDF for all the three constituencies; Monze Central, Bweengwa and Moomba with each getting K1.4 million for various community driven developmental projects.

Meanwhile, during a brief stopover at the Kaumba Secondary School, deputy headmaster Patrick Makala said the learning institution was facing a critical shortage of accommodation especially for girls and that three dormitories were needed to address the challenge.

Makala also said the government school which has a pupil population of 750 was also grappling with inadequate desks, beds, and lack of books in the library.

In response Chaatila pledged to make a follow up on the challenges with the Ministry of General Education as soon as possible.