03 Oct 2016 14:20pm
KATIMA MULILO, 03 SEP (NAMPA) A total of 25 boreholes are to be drilled in the Zambezi Region to address the water crisis facing thousands of community members.
This was confirmed by Zambezi Regional Governor Lawrence Sampofu on Sunday, when he was speaking at the Mafwe annual cultural celebration known as Lusata at the Chinchimani village in the Linyanti Constituency.
He said the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry sent a contractor last Thursday to install 25 boreholes with pumps in order to alleviate the water crisis.
In August 2016, the regional leadership declared a water crisis in Zambezi Region due to drought and scarcity of water for both people, livestock and wildlife, said Sampofu.
The Linyanti Constituency is the worse-affected area as the major water sources such as the Kwandu and Linyanti rivers are both drying up due to poor rainfall in the region for the past four years.
Amidst the water crisis, community members have resorted to illegally crossing into neighbouring countries to graze their animals.
Sampofu appealed to all people living along the Kwandu, Linyanti and Chobe rivers to refrain from poaching and crossing illegally into Botswana.
The crisis at Linyanti is further worsened by the pipeline from Katima Mulilo to Manunga in Linyanti not providing enough clean water. The water in this pipeline only flows after 22h00, but the pressure is weak and not everyone is able to collect water. During the day, the pipeline is closed and taps are dry.
The governor also used the platform to announce that many capital projects such as building of new schools, hostels, classrooms, community resource centres, roads, rural electrification and rural water supplies are earmarked for the region.
This year we are starting with another Green Scheme project at the Wenela farm. We thank our traditional authorities, who continue providing land for projects to the government.
It is through these projects that we are providing employment to our communities, especially the youth and women, so that we eradicate poverty and hunger, said Sampofu.