BY BLAIR MHONE
Vice President Saulos Chilima says he is impressed with strides made by Kasungu Municipal and District Councils in Public Sector Reforms.
Chilima made the remarks after inspection of projects under the Public Sector Reforms during his visit to the district where he also held progress review meetings on other operational reforms.
One of the areas where Chilima commended the Kasungu District Council is the construction of a modern neonatal care at Kasungu District Hospital to prevent deaths of newly born babies.
“This Reform area has come to fruition and the hospital now has a spacious Neonatal unit with modern equipment that has helped to reduce deaths of newly born babies,” said Chilima.
Meanwhile the Vice President also visited the site where Kasungu District Council wants to construct a secondary town at Chinkhoma.
Here Chilima said he was impressed with the plans as it was another crucial area in the public sector reforms in order to solve uncontrolled urbanization.
He said: “On our way back, we stopped at Chinkhoma where the Kasungu District Council is creating a secondary town as a Reform area to respond to uncontrolled urbanization into Kasungu District Town which has led to pressure on housing and other amenities for residents.
“To alleviate this problem, Kasungu District Council secured 150 hectares at Chinkhoma where 556 plots have been created into residential, Industrial, Institutional and Commercial categories. This is a futuristic and commendable Reform area that is in line with Pillar 3 of MW2063, the country’s development blueprint.”
Chilima also commended the Kasungu Municipal Council for its projects like the construction of a new market and bus terminal that are also going to increase revenue collection for the council.
“I am delighted to see a new market that will sustain the council financially and there is hope this will also help create the much-needed jobs. The Municipal Council is planning to construct new roads and rehabilitate old ones, construct a new Bus Terminal as well a Truck Park to decongest traffic as well as to generate revenue.
“With such determination and positive spirit from the Councils on Reforms, we will continue working with local governments to ensure that we develop our districts for people to access improved and proper service delivery,’” said Chilima.