28 February 2013

Zambia: Chipata Should Do More to Be Granted City Status

Local Government and Housing Deputy Minister Forrie Tembo said it was practically impossible for the border town to attain city status due to the lack of sufficient infrastructure to meet the standards of a city.

In an interview in Chipata yesterday, Mr Tembo said Chipata Municipal Council had a huge task ahead to turn the dream into reality.

"The council is fully aware that standards in the social services provision in both health and other sectors have to be improved tremendously," Mr Tembo said.

He said the Government was aware that Chipata was one of the fastest growing towns in the country because of a number of economic activities that had taken place largely in the agricultural sector.

Mr Tembo said some of the qualifications of the border town to attain city status were the construction of a Government complex and construction of housing units.

He said construction of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) offices, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), High Court, police headquarters and immigration offices were some of the benchmarks for the border town to attaining city status.

Meanwhile, Lundazi District Council Secretary Magubwi Sinkolomba has said the local authority wants the district to attain the municipality status.

In an interview in Chipata after attending a Caritas Organised forum, Mr Sinkolomba said as Chipata District was expected to attain a city status, Lundazi was currently vying for municipal status.

"Lundazi District Council is currently busy fighting for the municipality status. We want our council to attain the municipality after Chipata which is eyeing city status," he said.

He, however, said the district was faced with a number of challenges such as limited State land for expansion of the district.

Mr Sinkolomba said the council was also lacking skilled manpower and lack of a fire tender.

He said the council was planning to put up street lights and also acquire enough State land for expansion of the district and find a suitable site for a new graveyard.

Mr Sinkolomba said the land between the council and police station belonged to the local

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