K700m meant for Chilubi harbour rehab vanish

MORE than K700 million allocated for the rehabilitation of a docking bridge, the floating jetty, at Chilubi harbour has gone missing, area Member of Parliament Obby Chisala has disclosed.

The K700 million was released for the rehabilitation of the floating jetty in 2007, through the provincial administration in Kasama.

Mr Chisala said the money had never been disbursed to the island district for the intended purpose.

“The current floating jetty that is available at the harbour used to ferry goods from the main land to the island is a death trap and needs to be worked on,” he said.

The MP said this when deputy minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Mwenye Musenge toured Chilubi Island on Lake Bangwelulu on Monday.

Mr Chisala said there was urgent need to rehabilitate the only reliable ferry, Our Friendship, which services the islands on Lake Bangwelulu.

“Though there is a Post office boat, Friendship is the most reliable boat. It is big enough to ferry goods and people from the main land to the islands on the lake and its absence has caused suffering to the people on the lake,” he said.

He said mobile hospital boats that were purchased for the ministry of health had never been used.

Mr Chisala noted that fuel consumption for the boats was too high and that Government should consider modifying the engines.

“As it is, the boats are just white elephants and are not being used because the consumption of fuel is high,” he said.

Mr Musenge said his ministry would rehabilitate Our Friendship and would also make a follow up on the K700 million reported to have gone missing.

He said his ministry had requested Cabinet to transfer all the boats from the ministry of health to the department of maritime to be used for transport.

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