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« on: May 15 2007 »

CHIEFS in the three districts of the Gwembe Valley are unhappy with the failure by World Bank sponsored Gwembe Tonga Development Project (GTDP) to fulfill promises made to people displaced by the construction of the Kariba Dam.

Speaking for others, Chief Sinazongwe said yesterday the chiefs in the valley have called for a meeting with the minister of Energy and Water Development George Mpombo, his permanent secretary, Zesco management and officials from GTDP to discuss the matter.

He said the chiefs would want to know the project budget, how funds were spent and the beneficiaries adding that they were aware that Government counter-part funds towards the project had not been released for a long time.

Chief Sinazongwe said it was shocking that work on the much publicised reconstruction of the bottom road to link Siavonga, Gwembe and Sinazongwe districts had not started despite the project entering the fifth year.

He said the chiefs in the valley were disturbed to learn that the project was nearing completion, yet most of the targeted developments were far from being met.

Chief Sinazongwe said the electrification projects had stalled while other schemes had been abandoned for unexplained reasons.
Reacting to an incident recently in which his subjects threatened to deal with GTDP manager Delilah Kaluwa and her staff, the chief said people in the area were bitter with the haphazard implementation of the projects.-Zana/ZIS

source: http://www.times.co.zm/news/viewnews.cgi?category=10&id=1060051778
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