Mitete, July 5, 2019, ZANIS---Mitete District Council Secretary Mainga Sifaya says 73 boreholes are to be constructed in Mitete district in Western province.

ZANIS reports that Mr Sifaya revealed that the contractor assigned to construct the 73 boreholes by government has already mobilized in the district with more than 10 boreholes drilled so far.

The Council Secretary observed with sadness that since 1935 when the school in Kakulunda area on Mitete Island was built, it has had no adequate water supply.

“As you may be aware that some places like Kakulunda area, the school there was built in 1935 and from then there has never been water there. Look at the hospital as well even the surrounding areas of Mitete, there is no water,” he said.

Expressing his happiness with the development, Mr Sifaya stated that government efforts to address the water problems in Mitete could not have come at a better time than this when residents fear for their lives every time they want to fetch water in the Crocodile infested Zambezi River.

The Council Secretary further added that this development will also curb crocodile attacks in the area because due to inaccessibility of water many have been attacked by crocodiles.

And the contractor engaged to construct and equip the boreholes JX International Engineering Limited Project Manager Frank Wang said progress has been slow due to the machinery allocated to the district.

Mr Wang has since assured the district that with the coming in of another bigger drilling machine speed will be restored and works to be completed on time.

The boreholes are being constructed under the National rural water supply and sanitation program phase 2 dubbed “Transforming rural livelihoods in western Zambia” project.