Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Chipata, today, Mr Zulu said his administration has made and erected a number of developmental projects to help turn the district attain a city status.
Mr Zulu said his council had last year met and discussed the plans to make the municipal in to a city with former but now late Local government and Housing minister Ben Tetamashimba.
However due to the unforseen death of Mr Tetamashimba, Mr Zulu’s administration was now following up the matter with current acting minister at the said ministry, Brandford Machila and other ministerial officials.
He said by press time the Town clerk had travelled with other council officials to Lusaka to discuss with the ministry.
The mayor said his council was very anxious to recieve a go ahead from the ministery to turn Chipata into the country’s fifth city after the capital,Lusaka, Kitwe, Ndola and Livingstone.
He also said due to the rapid growth in the construction industry in his district, his council had embarked on road tarring programme in most townships such as Referundum and Mchenga townships. He said it was also his council’s master plan to up-grade the townships to acceptable standards.
Mr Zulu added that his council had also pumped in K 350 million for make a tarmac at the town’s main Bus Station saying the station was also going to be modernised soon. He expressed hope that this will attract an increased number of people to easily travel to and fro the district.
He indicated that his administration has also increased the parameter of the district by a radius of K 10 square kilometers he said was going to accomodate various social- economic development programmes in the area.
He expressed certainity that once the the long awaited Mchinji railway line becomes fully operational, it was going make the district have an increased economic activities apart from giving his council an additional revenue source.
The railway line, which nearly completed, would provide Zambia an other route to the eastern world for exports as well as another source of employement in this traditionally agiculture oriented.
The mayor also disclosed to ZANIS that the Tobbaco Board of Zambia (TBZ) has applied for a plot to establish a Tobbacco processing plant and blending.
The tobacco plant will make it easier for the crop vastily grown in the area to be quickly processed, blends and marketed to the local and international consumers.
Mr Zulu furthernmore disclosed to ZANIS that Protea group of Hotels has also applied for a commercial plot along the the great east road to set up a three star hotel in the area.Also intending to set up a structure is the Stan-Bic bank which wants to open a branch in the area as well.
He also said his council was also planning to rehabilitate major roads in the district such as the Katete – Mwami road he said would be standardised with traffic lights and pavement for cyclists.