By JOHN KOMBE
CHONGWE Mayor, Geoffrey Chumbwe, has challenged the people of Kasenga in Kasisi ward to be united for them to spur meaningful development in the area.
Mr. Chumbwe made the call when he addressed residents after the election of a new community development committee yesterday.
The elections were called for after the community visited the mayor’s office a fortnight ago to ask for his intervention in the manner matters of development were being handled by the previous community development committee.
Mr Chumbwe urged the new office bearers not to discriminate against anyone on the basis of their political affiliation or any other affiliation.
According to him, the people in the area have for a long time longed to have title deeds to the land which they had occupied for a long time.
He said that unless the people remain united, the realisation of title deeds would remain a pipe dream.
Mr Chumbwe said Government was aware of their situation and it was working at ensuring that they were given title deeds to the land.
He urged the community to live in love and unity, adding that meaningful development was only possible if people lived in unity and love.
Evangelist Patrick Miyanda thanked Chongwe Municipal Council for helping to usher new office bearers in the community committee.
He said that the peaceful election of community leaders was critical as the area has had many challenges in the past.
He also urged those who had lost in the elections not to despair, but work with the elected office bearers.
Meanwhile, newly elected chairperson, Jatel Tembo, promised to ensure that unity was promoted in the area.
He urged those who were not elected that his committee would not work in isolation but that the committee would be consultative in its undertakings.
He also pointed out that the committee would immediately engage relevant authorities to ensure that the people had safe and clean water.
Mr Tembo said that the area only had two boreholes to service more than 500 households, a situation he described as unbearable