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Kariba is dead!

Madam Speaker, I believe that the others who spoke in here yesterday about the other problem that we are facing as Hon. Members, the majority of them will agree with me that it is the issue of some Members coming from far away constituencies.  I have spent almost five years and some Ministers have not been to my Constituency; which makes it difficult in that even if you raise your problems here in this august House with their Ministries, they do not have the passion to go and see the things on the ground.  We urge the Executive to be seen going round the constituencies – for example in 2013, I had three bridges that were washed away by heavy rains.  I reported such mishaps to the relevant authorities within 24 hours and ZTV and provincial engineers came and it came out on national television.  People expected that there was going to be redress on the situation.

The people in Mola after we have gone past Musambakaruma – we have problems that it is only a month before the onset of the rains and the clinics on the southern part will be cut off from Siyakobvu hospital. Kariba was wayward, we now have Nyami Nyami FM which is a community radio.  Our people who were not accessing ZTV and ZBC are now able to know what is going around them through the Nyami Nyami Community radio.  To the majority of the people in Kariba, we applaud that.

Still on the communication side, it is our plea that our people should have easy access.  They still go up the mountains to access the network.  There is no network in Mola and Musambakaruma.  It is endangering one’s life to go and phone in the mountainous terrain because of wild animals.  It is difficult for one to go and phone during the night when they have a serious challenge to be addressed.  The Government should look into such issues so that we can have boosters for the network, so that the people in that area can also receive communication just like any other people in the country.

Kariba is a tourist resort but nothing is moving, it is dead.  We would want flights to Kariba to resume.  We would want publicity of Kariba just like is the case with other areas like Victoria Falls.  All conference centres that have been constructed in Victoria Falls and conferences that are being held in Victoria Falls should also be transferred to Kariba.  This will enable tourism to grow in that area.  I thank you Madam Speaker.

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