KASENENGWA member of parliament Sensio Banda has described the empowerment of young people and vulnerable women under the Kasenengwa Development and Empowerment Initiative as some of his successes during his first year in office.
Reflecting on his one year in office Banda, who was elected on September 6, 2018 through a by-election following the demise of incumbent Victoria Kalima, pledged to continue working hard for the people of Kasenengwa.
He stated that it was possible to make a difference and touch many lives within a short period of time.
“It all started like any other journey into a new wide governance environment. Since my election last year, together with the people we demonstrated that it is possible to make a difference and touch many lives in a positive way within a short period of time,” Banda stated. “We had to empower many young people with education sponsorship and several vulnerable women with empowerment packages through the Kasenengwa Development and Empowerment Initiatiative.”
He stated that 40 boreholes were being sunk and equipped under the 2018 Constituency Development Fund allocation.
“20 have been sunk and equipped through
cooperating partners MAWA Project of which two of the boreholes are mechanised water schemes. Several more boreholes are expected to be drilled with support from cooperating partners such as Living Waters International – an international NGO, two more boreholes have been done under the Local Government Equalisation Fund and five more boreholes have been done through the Chipata Muslim Association,” Banda stated. “Bringing the total to about 85 boreholes within a year from the only 21 boreholes and water points which were existence in the whole constituency previously.”
He cited the Chiwoko-Chongo road, the Msekera-Nyamayao road, the Langa-Pwata road, Mducha-Chamubobo road and the Mtenguleni-Chongo via Madzimawe road as some of the major roads that have received a facelift.
Banda stated that more was being done as they await the ground breaking for the construction and upgrading of the critical Chipata-Msoro road.
He stated that a number of communication towers and network boosters have been constructed across Kasenengwa with a few more to be done in
areas still affected by the inadequate access to network coverage
“Infrastructure is a pillar and an important tool for effective service delivery. In this line there has been funding towards 54 projects under the 2018 CDF in order to complete major stalled projects such as classroom blocks, health facilities, market shelters, public VIP toilets in markets such as Giveway market, completion and construction of staff houses in agricultural camps, health posts, such as one at Kanzutu Health post in Makungwa ward, Mkowe Health post in Mkowe ward, Shamombo agriculture Camp house in Chingazi ward,” Banda stated.
He also stated that 40 women clubs were funded under the 2018 Constituency Development Fund.
Banda stated that the funding ensured they got involved in economic activities across Kasenengwa. “The projects range from poultry, piggery and goat rearing activities; more than 30 youths have been empowered with various initiatives including bicycles for economic emancipation,” Banda stated. He called for oversight on the implementation of government policy on among others Farmer Input Support Programme and social cash transfer scheme.