…over 2, 000 jobs on card
By JOHN SAKALA
Chipata Municipal Council is planning for the first satellite town in Mutenguleni.
The move is aimed at decongesting the Chipata Central Business area and acted as a springboard to push for the first Chipata heavy industrial zone.
Chipata Town Clerk Davies Musenge has told The Independent Observer, that the satellite town would be a biggest score for his Council which is marching towards City Status.
Mr Musenge said Chipata is one of the fastest growing towns in Zambia and the satellite town would help meet the demand for growth and expansion in its south-west zone along Chipata-Katete road.
He said the satellite town would have facilities such as banks, shopping malls, eating café’, lodges and hotels, financial institutions, insurance companies and extension of government departments.
“With the above mentioned facilities we expect not less than 2, 000 jobs to be created for the locals. The new town would simplify the way of doing business because mobility would be reduced as transactions can be done either in Chipata Central area in the new satellite town.
“The other advantage is that during the Nc’wala ceremony of the Ngoni speaking people, all the lodges, hostels and Guest houses become fully booked and the central business becomes highly congested. With the new satellite town all this would be a thing of the past,” he said.
The Town Clerk said Chief Nzamane of the Ngoni speaking people had already offload 400 hectares of land for the very purpose while Chief Mazimawe was scoping the land identified the same cause.
Mr Musenge said scoping simply means scrutinizing the people on the land and their activities before they are relocated.
“Once scoping has been done, the land from the two Chiefs would be given to Ministry of Lands. But so far the Ministry of Lands is already on the ground doing detail picking of the 400 hectarege from Nzamane with a blessing from Paramount Chief Mpezeni,” he said.
He said once detail picking and scoping were done, the Ministry of Lands would hand over the land to his council for physical planning.
Mr Musenge said physical planning would now plan for banks, insurances, banks, police stations, fuel stations and markets, high, medium and low cost areas.
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