5 February 2013

Zambia: Constituency Development Is for All - Sampa

PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Matero Member of Parliament (MP) Miles Sampa has said development of constituencies should not be left to local authorities alone.

Mr Sampa said interested parties could also participate in bringing development in their constituencies.

He said this in Matero yesterday when Investrust Bank handed over a tractor, Canter truck and 20 mobile lavatories to his constituency all valued at KR250,000 (K250 million).

The funds are a combination of Mr Sampa's personal contribution and a loan from Investrust Bank.

"We haven't accessed the Constituency Development Fund yet and it's one year since we have been in power, so as people of Matero we have said, We know Government is doing something about it and we know that the council is also working, but work needs to start.

"So in the meantime we have said we will do it on ourselves," Mr Sampa said.

He said it was against this background that Matero residents resolved to form the Do It Ourselves (DITO) Non-Governmental Organisation, the initiative members of the constituency use to raise funds and start developmental works in the area while Government assistance is still pending.

He said it was through DITO that the Constituency applied for a loan from Investrust Bank to procure the the equipment and that those seeking to use the facilities would be charged a minimal fee, adding that part of the funds realised would be channeled towards the servicing of the loan.

He said the equipment would create employment to about 80 people in the constituency, among them being those handling the mobile lavatories to be placed in public places and the tractor for garbage collection.

And Mr Sampa, who is also Finance Deputy Minister, urged other lending institutions to emulate Investrust Bank's gesture by giving out loans that benefited the masses in communities and villages.

Investrust Bank marketing director, Ackim Mwale said the bank was committed to assisting such projects, especially that it was being run by Zambians.

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