ONE of the firm platforms on which the Patriotic Front (PF) Government has set the country’s development agenda is the creation of new districts.
We cannot agree more with President Edgar Lungu’s remarks that creating more districts is essential because they are special purpose vehicles to accelerate national development.
We commend the President for building on the trajectory set by his predecessor and initiator of the scheme, the late fifth president Michael Sata.
The reality and general concern, is that most districts like Kanchibiya, in Muchinga Province are too vast and require demarcation to streamline social and economic service delivery to residents.
According to Mr Lungu, the creation of districts would ease service-delivery as such areas would have their own education, health, security and communication facilities, as well as improved road network, among others.
The Head of State pledged that the development of the districts would be well-planned after drawing lessons from the old localities, and district planning offices have been tasked to quicken the planning of new the districts.
We can underscore the creation of new districts as a plus for the Government because of the multiple social and economic benefits to the country.
The outlook of the country is improving by the day because infrastructure is being rolled out to meet the social needs of people settling in those areas.
Programmes such as the ongoing countrywide construction of telecommunication towers were initiated for among other reasons, the fact that additional districts to the previous 73 begun springing up.
Today, mobile and internet service is accessible in nearly each and every part of the country.
We can also pinpoint the ongoing Link Zambia 8,000 road programme of the Road Development Agency (RDA) as another that has gained momentum due to the creation of new districts.
At every creation of a new district: is a guarantee of that particular location receiving a facelift in the availability of basic infrastructure.
This is why we feel that the creation of new districts should not be viewed as an unnecessary cost to the Government, because the benefits in the long term are numerous.
Ultimately, the face of rural areas will be improved and people will no longer abhor urban-rural migration.
Equally, people living in areas perceived remote will no longer envy rural-urban migration as the most suitable route for an improved livelihood.
We therefore encourage the Government not to relent on this trajectory which is aimed at enhancing the quality of social service delivery to the people.