Masubia chief calls for establishment of water canal at Bukalo

01 Aug 2016 07:50am
BUKALO, 01 AUG (NAMPA) - Masubia Traditional Authority Chief Kisco Liswani has called on Government to establish a water canal from the Zambezi River to pump water into Lake Lyambezi.
He said the canal, which will flow through the Bukalo Settlement, will be able to address the inland water crisis for wildlife and domestic animals.
Liswani said this in his speech read on his behalf during the annual Vwikuhane cultural celebrations and celebration of his 20 years as leader of the Masubia people on Saturday.
His call follows the recent revelation that over 100 hippos and crocodiles are stranded because the streams in the Linyanti and Sibbinda constituencies, where they live in, are fast drying up due to poor rainfall in the region.
“We have always held the view that a water canal from the Zambezi River through Bukalo channel can be used for pumping water into Lake Lyambezi, as this will greatly assist resolving inland water crisis for wild and domestic animals,” he said.
Liswani added that the water canal will also provide a reliable and adequate supply of water to enable communities to have irrigated gardens or fields of different crops in the traditional maize producing areas of Chilumbi, Muyako, Zilitene, Mahundu, Ibbu, Mutikitila.
The supply of water will also ensure the renowned Zambezi bream will be preserved.
“We call upon the relevant government ministries to resuscitate the discussion of the water canal in light of the recurrent drought and dry spells affecting the sub-region, and to better utilise and harvest flood water that go to waste annually in the flood plains.”
Liswani further called on Government to investigate the drying up of the Kwando River upstream to ensure that no activities are taking place to endanger water supply downstream. The Kwando River feeds Lake Lyambezi through the Chobe River.
At the occasion, the chief used the platform to appreciate his subjects for the confidence and support they placed in him as leader since taking over from his late brother Joshua Mutwa MoraLiswani in 1996.
He says a lot has changed for the better in terms of developmental projects and programmes such as clean drinking water, schools, roads, health centers and rural electrification in the various districts under his area of jurisdiction.
Liswani said the continuation of these governmental efforts, especially road networks that targets the eastern floodplains, are appreciated.
“I look back at the last 20 short years, with deep and sincere gratitude and appreciation.”
Liswani also called on different traditional authorities within the Zambezi Region to work together for the social good of the communities they are leading.
“I call for greater unity and strengthened cooperation among all the four traditional authorities in the region, particular at the level of the Chiefs Forum. We can only arrest the evil scourge of tribalism and division which are on a rise, if we work together.”