By JAMES KUNDA-
THE Luanshya Municipal Council (LMC) has launched a four-year strategic plan that will be used as a tool for economic transformation in the Copperbelt town.
The strategic plan is expected to gobble up K93 million during implementation stage.
Out-going Mayor Nathan Chanda said the Luanshya District Strategic Plan 2014-2018 is the catalyst the local authority will use for the town to attain sustainable economic transformation.
Mr Chanda said this on Monday during the launch of the strategic plan at the Civic Centre in Luanshya.
“The strategic plan that runs from 2014 to 2018, is a development manifesto that the local authority would use to attain sustainable economic transformation for the town of Luanshya and its residents,” he said.
Mr Chanda said the strategic plan encompasses goals and objectives that when successfully implemented, would improve the livelihood of residents in all the 28 Wards of Luanshya constituency.
He said the policy highlights the necessary strategies required to win the battle against high unemployment and poverty levels.
“This plan is a tool that will transform the livelihood of Luanshya residents, young and old and the future generations,” he said.
Gracing the launch of the strategic plan, Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili urged the local authority to ensure that residents participate in the implementation of the development plan.
Mr Kambwili, who is Youth and Sport Minister, said the strategic plan would showcase direction of implementing decisions on allocating resources needed to pursue the new development agenda for Luanshya.
“It is important to stress that this strategic plan belongs to residents of Luanshya who must be seen to participate in its implementation,” Mr Kambwili said.