Speaker of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti has commissioned a K1 million market shelter constructed under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in Mongu District.
The first-ever market shelter was handed over to the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) in Mandanga of Western Province.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Ms Mutti said the market shelter with the capacity of 60 marketeers would help the traders conduct their business in a more conducive environment.
Ms Mutti said she was pleased with the workmanship on the project and commended the local authority for engaging a local contractor to carry out the construction works.
She said local contractors engaged to carry out works must ensure that there was value for money and the projects met the expectations of the local communities.
“I am happy on behalf of the local authority that we are here to handover the first-ever market shelter in Mandanga to the BRE. I am pleased with the work and the engagement of a local contractor to construct this market,” Ms Mutti said.
Induna Inete Mwangelwa Akapelwa who received the facility on behalf of the BRE thanked the New Dawn Government for timely constructing a modern market shelter in the area.
Mr Akapelwa said the building of the market shelter was a clear demonstration of the Government’s resolve to improve and promote infrastructure development in Western Province.
He called on the beneficiaries to ensure that the facility was protected from all forms of vandalism and ensure that the environment was kept clean always.
Mongu Central Member of Parliament (MP) Oliver Amutike said the increased CDF was a game changer that would transform the rural parts of the province.
Mr Amutike called on the residents of Mongu to be part of the developmental and transformative agenda of the New Dawn Government that was committed to take development to the grassroots.
“What you are witnessing today is the Government’s resolve to take development to all corners of the country and with this, we can safely say that the increased CDF is indeed a game changer,” he said.
The colourful event was also attended by Western Province Permanent Secretary Akapelwa Simomo, Mongu Town Clerk Oliver Muuka, Mongu District Commissioner Imasiku Akabeswa, deputy mayor Suzyo Ng’uni and traditional leaders from the BRE