CHOMA Municipal Council has purchased 1 850 desks at a cost of K 1 851 000 using the 2022 Constituency Development Fund ( CDF ).
The desks which were manufactured by 13 local carpenters are set to benefit a number of schools in Choma Central and Mbabala constituencies.
The desk manufacturing exercise by the local carpenters is in line with President Hakainde Hichilema’s administration’s desire to have the desks made locally.
Choma Mayor, Javen Simoloka disclosed this when he received the first consignment of the desks at the Municipality in Choma.
He explained that so far, 80 percent of the desks ordered have been delivered and are ready for distribution to Schools.
“We are responding to the directive by the president that schools should have desks. We are also responding to what the community applied for, ” noted the mayor.
Speaking at the same event, Choma District Commissioner Sikaleya Gamela expressed optimism that the move will address the issue of inadequate desks especially in rural schools in Choma, due to increased enrolment, following the free education policy.
Mr. Gamela who was impressed with the quality of the desks further commended the Council for awarding contracts to local carpenters, among them the youth, adding that this will contribute to boosting the economy of the district.
“These desks are locally made, which means government has provided employment to local people. This means that money has remained in the district.” The District Commissioner stated.
And one of the local contractors, Billy Chisanga of BIMUCHI General Dealers explained that the contract has boosted his business.
In an interview with ZANIS, Mr. Chisanga expressed gratitude to government adding that the contract has not only empowered him but also his 12 employees.