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LUNGU INTERVENES IN STALLED SCHOOL WATER PROTEST

By MARTIN AKENDE in Katete

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has intervened in the stalled water reticulation project and the lighting up of Kapoche Day Secondary school in Katete’s Milanzi constituency.

The water connection project at Kapoche Day Secondary School has stalled since 2013 before he became president.

This came to light when President Lungu toured the school on the second day two of his four-day working visit to Eastern Province to tour various projects.

“I don’t understand what is happening here, you can’t push relevant line ministries even the provincial administration to have this sorted out?” wondered the President.

President Lungu said he will dispatch his special assistant for project monitoring and implementation Andrew Chellah to check what has caused the delay in the completion of the water project.

“The challenges of water and electricity which we witnessed as we toured the school will be addressed because this is affecting learners,” assured Mr Lungu.

He observed that lack of running water at the school is affecting the sanitation system as well as the girl-child from attending school.

According to the School Head teacher Benjamin Phiri, the contractor Mongo Tree Construction Company abandoned works in 2013.

Mr. Phiri disclosed that the uncompleted water project has affected the school sanitation system.

He also said the rest of the school departments apart from the administration have not been connected to the grid.

President Lungu also paid courtesy calls on three chiefs in Katete.

The traditional leaders include Paramount Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi, Chieftainess Kawaza and Chief Mbang’ombe all of the Chewa people of Katete.

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