By NATION REPORTER
A K3.2 million double storey lodge built in Kapiri Mposhi by the district council is expected to raise more revenue for the local authority and should be properly maintained, Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale has said.
Mr Mwale also said the construction of the lodge was yet another manifestation of Government’s commitment to develop infrastructure in the country.
Speaking yesterday when he commissioned the newly built Kapiri Mposhi two-storey council executive lodge, Mr Mwale said the facility would increase the council’s revenue base translating in quality service delivery to the people in the district.
He said the lodge would also create more than 10 direct jobs thereby improving the living standards of the people of Kapiri Mposhi.
“The lodge has been funded by Government through the Ministry of Local Government on behalf of Kapiri Mposhi Council and would raise council revenue and create employment for the local people,” Mr Mwale said.
He said accommodation deficit would be reduced and enhance sustainable tourism development through the provision of decent accommodation.
And Mr Mwale has directed the council to draw up annual route lodge maintenance fund to safe guard the facility to ensure that public funds were not wasted.
He warned civil servants and council management not to abuse the facility as doing so would attract punitive punishment.
He, however, commended the local authority for investing in the lodge and at the same time being upto date with payment of workers’ salaries.
“I see Kapiri leading the way in people regaining the lost confidence in the council, you have been up to date with salaries and still invest in such a facility, it’s something that other councils should learn from,” Mr Mwale said.
Mr Mwale also assured local contractors of Government’s support provided they showed commitment to their work.
“As Government, we will try to empower local contractors, what we expect is not disappointment from you but to deliver the required service,” Mr Mwale said.
Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga said the province appreciated the support from the Ministry of Local Government as development of the area was anchored on it.
Kapiri Central Member of Parliament Stanley Kakubo said the completion of the lodge was a positive development in the district that would reduce the fiscal pressure of the treasury and raise revenue for service delivery.