The Pemba district Council has handed over a tipper truck to the community worth more than K440,000, as a way of alleviating service delivery in the area.
The Pemba District Council says the gesture saves as a reminder to the community that the authority remains committed to improving service delivery and development for the local community.
Delivering his speech during commemoration of the Local government decentralization day, Pemba District Council Chairman Livai Munsanje Simuchimba said his council could not have thought of a better gift than the tipper truck for its community.
Mr. Simuchimba disclosed that the tipper truck was purchased from revenue collected from business premises within the district and would be used for purposes of garbage collection, and ferrying of sand and stones during the grading of local roads, a project the council has also earmarked for development.
‘This tipper truck will be used for multi-purposes, apart from garbage collection, members of the general public are free to hire it for different purposes so that the council can raise more revenue which will be ploughed back into the community,” he said.
Mr. Simuchimba further disclosed that the process of devolution of departments to the council was going on well and expressed hope that it will further improve efficiency in the delivery of services to the community.
He noted that Pemba residents were reaping the fruits of the decentralization policy as development had been brought closer to them.
Various departments exhibited their products and services to the members of the public with the Council planning department taking the lead in explaining to the public the Infrastructure Development Plan such as the display of variety of house building plans, proposed bus station and the newly established district boundary.
At the same event, Mr. Simuchimba also handed over various clothing material to women clubs and associations, donated by World Vision Zambia to the Community Development Office for women empowerment.
The culmination of the day began with a local government week with activities such the publicizing of activities for the local authorities such as opening up new areas for future developments, construction of new modern market, and control of burial grounds.
Other activities included radio programs and community sensitisation meetings, general cleaning of the markets and clinics with the participation of all council and government staff.
And speaking on behalf of women and the community, District Women association Chairperson Annie Mwiinde said Pemba district was grateful to government for the many developmental projects that have been witnessed since the attainment of the district status.
Mrs Mwiinde noted that the donated materials will uplift not only the women’s lives through various projects, but also their households through this income generating project.
This year’s theme was ‘Fighting corruption at the local level, a sustainable way to transform Africa from its territories’.