President Rupiah Banda is expected to officiate at a developmental meeting to be convened for all the 41 chiefs in Southern Province on April 19 in Mazabuka, Southern Province Minister Elijah Muchima has said, the Times of Zambia reports.
See the video above by Childhope for the only road from Lusaka to Mazabuka in the current rainy season. This is the only road that links the capital Lusaka to the tourist capital Livingstone and countries like Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Namibia which are crucial for the country’s trade.
And Mr Muchima said there was need to create an alternative route in Mazabuka to avoid accidents on the main road that faces Shoprite outlet.
He said yesterday that the Government, through his office, had invited all the chiefs in the province for a meeting in Mazabuka to discuss development programmes for the improvement of people’s lives.
Mr Muchima said the developmental meeting would seek various ways of fostering development in the area.
“We have also invited Southern Province members of Parliament to this developmental meeting so that we exchange ideas together,” he said.
He said President Banda’s administration recognised the vital role traditional leaders played in the development of the country.
Mr Muchima urged the Mazabuka District Council and other stakeholders to create an alternative route to avoid accidents on the main road near the Shoprite store.
He expressed sadness at the loss of lives caused by a truck that lost control recently, adding that the Government would not sit and watch lives being lost.
Last month, 12 people died in a road accident in Mazabuka after a Mitsubishi truck lost control and overturned around the Shoprite area.
The people who died on the spot included the driver of the truck from Lusaka, five males, four females and two babies.