Govt committed to ensuring easy access to clean and safe drinking water in Mufumbwe district


Government says it is commitment to ensuring easy access to clean and safe drinking water to the people of Mufumbwe district in North-western province.

Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection, Rapheal Nakachinda says government will guarantee that people have clean and safe drinking water, saying there is no way people can be dying of water related diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy on chief Chizela of the Kaonde speaking people in Mufumbwe yesterday, Mr Nakachinda announced that government will soon be putting up huge infrastructure through the integrate small town water supply and sanitation project which will help in the provision of clean and safe water for the people of Mufumbwe district.

“We do not want to have a situation where people should be suffering from diseases that come out of taking dirty water. Diseases like cholera are not only bad that they take lives but they are also bad in the sense that they signify how dirty the environment is,” Mr Nakachinda said.

Mufumbwe is beginning to receive a lot of attention from different players due to the mineral deposits in the district.

Mr Nakachinda said this means that there will be heavier investments in the near future which will attract lot of people into the area.

He said his ministry wants to ensure that as the district is growing, water services are readily available for the local people.

“We want to make sure that we should have capacity to cater for the water needs of the people even as the area keeps developing,” Mr Nakachinda said.

He has since appealed to chief Chizela to continue supporting the government as it continues making efforts to develop the nation.

And chief Chizela has thanked the government for its continued effort to develop Mufumbwe, saying the district has benefited from clean and safe water projects.

Mr Nakachinda was in Mufumbwe to familiarize himself with progress government and stakeholders have made in ensuring easy access to clean and safe water to the people in the district.