Muchinga the Zambia’s 10th province, Choma capital of Southern Province

GOVERNMENT will soon create another province in Zambia to be called Muchinga in line with its resolve to streamline local administrative structures.

President Michael Sata said in Lusaka yesterday that the Government also planned to shift the capital of Southern Province to Choma, which is centrally located, and promote Livingstone as Zambia’s tourism hub.

In his official address during the first session of the 11th National Assembly, President Sata said the new province would be created by dividing Northern Province into two regions.

“Muchinga Province will comprise the districts located east of Chambeshi River, namely Mpika, Chinsali, Isoka, Nakonde and Mafinga.

“The location of the provincial headquarters would be determined after consultations have been concluded with stakeholders,” he said.

On the relocation of the Southern Province headquarters, Mr Sata directed Information, Broadcasting and Tourism Minister Given Lubinda to ensure the programme was completed within two years.

He said Choma was more centrally located to best serve as the provincial capital for Southern Province compared to Livingstone, which should be promoted as a tourism resort city.

Mr Sata said tourism, if properly harnessed could boost Zambia’s Gross Domestic Product within a short period of time.

“It can also contribute to the creation of employment opportunities for our people. However, the tourism industry in its present state has failed to make any meaningful contribution to Zambia’s economic development due to poor infrastructure, uneconomic routes, poor marketing of Zambia as a tourist destination of choice and unstable
exchange rates,” President Sata said.

He said as a consequence, Zambia was one of the most expensive and least known destinations for visiting tourists in the southern African region.The Government would also institute stringent measures aimed at controlling human-animal conflicts in game management areas, which had led to increased levels of hunger and poverty among the people.
Mr Sata said the Government, in recognition of tourism as an important industry, would ensure that growth in resource-based tourism was environmentally sustainable and preserved for future generations.
“We shall without delay introduce policies to make investment in the sector attractive and profitable to both local and foreign investment.

“We shall promote well-targeted Government investment in infrastructure development and hence open up new tourism sites in the country,” he said.

The president said it was the desire of the PF Government to collaborate with the private sector to effectively market the tourism sector locally and internationally.

9 comments

  1. Chuma Chalinkanga

    I just dont get how our elections work. This man has been trying to become president for 20 years and the only campaigning that people do is name calling. Then when people get elected they believe they have the mandate to do whatever they want. How come issues like this are not talked about in elections? This is no surprise to Sata. Hes has been planning it for years. Why cant the voters know what their plans are, why are there no campaign promises?

    I have no idea if this will be good or not. But why cant we talk about future plans in our elections?

  2. Mercutio

    And who came up with Muchinga name? PF is really a UNIP manifesto. Even UNIP used to crack the whip on corruption but didn’t know how to run an economy. I support this president, but, he’s quickly going down the path of his predecessors. Let most of the issues be debated and stakeholders consulted otherwise another president will reverse everything. Sata is acting like Julius Ceasar, people of rome embraced him as nation builder but he brought dictatorship.

  3. Mercutio

    Sometimes I give the man a benefit of a doubt, but, he never ceases to amaze with mediocrity and dictatorial tendencies. He hasn’t even tackled issues with the barotse successionists, but, there he goes creating provinces. Is it this supposed to be a referendum for the Zambian people or parliament to decide? Africa is just amazing. PF only has less than half of total parly seats but this happens. This is the man that claimed there was too power in the president but he’s singlehandly dividing Zambia. And what happens when Luvale’s want to be separate from Kaonde’s, another province I suppose? Crack the whip on corruption and lets see the 90 day miracle should be the focus.

  4. Kunda Mambo

    The idea is reasonably grounded because there is need to relieve Livingstone, our tourist capital from other administrative duties. I guess Sata has taken a leaf from the Canadians. In the case of Canada, British Columbia is Canada’s greatest tourist destination yet it is not the provincial capital of BC. The provincial capital of BC is Victoria which is more centrally located as compared to Vancouver. Vancouver is situated at the edge of Pacific Ocean in the far western end of the country. It is thus the country’s biggest and busiest harbour in addition to being a tourist destination. It is also important to note that Vancouver is Canada’s third biggest city after Toronto and Montreal in that order. Victoria which is BC’s capital is far less bigger than Vancouver. The whole idea of making Victoria as the provincial capital of BC is to ensure that Vancouver serves other responsibilities such as tourism as well as trade through its sea-Pacific Ocean. Vancouver has a greater advantage as compared to other cities in Canada. Firstly, the city is ice-free because the weather is less harsher than the rest of the country though it receives much of the rain year round. This climatic condition places Vancouver in a very suitable position as the country’s finest tourist destination. It has the finest tourist attractions which has made the earned the country much of its needed money through a large volume of tourists who have found the city an all time the world’s best destination resort. I live in this city, thus I can rightly confirm that the city is extremely pretty and well taken care of by the authorities. For this reason let us not condemn Sata on his decision to shift the provincial administrative duties to Choma in order to concentrate on rebuilding Livingstone as an attractive tourist destination. Mind you Sata is not acting alone. He has great advisers such as Bob Sichinga and the likes who are part of the country’s biggest brains ever produced. For thos who dont know Bob, he is one of the engines behind the MMD manifesto which was crafted in 1990. Though MMD has never implemented its manifesto to the satisfaction of the people, the former ruling party has one of the best and admired manifesto on the face of this earth. Secondly, Bob’s brains were also not utilized by the previous regime. Bob was frustrated and threw in a towel and ditched the party that he helped to form. He contested an election as an independent MP in Isoka East which he won. When the late Andy Mazoka formed his UPND, Bob was co-opted and rose to the rank of the party’s vice president. It is no doubt that UPND became such a strong party and was reckoned to be the alternative government at the forthcoming polls. Indeed in 2001, UPND was close to forming government had it not been for massive and glaring electoral fraud of MMD. I do recall call that during the reign of the late Mwanawasa, Bob as UPND vice president presented an alternative national budget which amazed the international community. His proposed budget unsettled the previous regime because it proved to be much attractive than what was presented by the then minister of Finance Magande. In his response as minister of Finance, Magande acknowledged Bob’s remarkable budget and simply said “Bob is not in order to present to the nation a counter budget. What he should have done was to sit down with us and share his ideas because Zambia is his country which he is required to contribute earnestly to its development,” said Magande of Bob who was at that UPND member of parliament for Kafue constituency.
    To my fellow bloggers, let us weigh in our memories and criticize constructively. It well known across that the previous government was out of touch with the aspirations of the people. The MMD manifesto was shelved and what reigned in is corruption, competition for wealth among its leaders using the scarce public funds. The leadership of RB precisely turned all those who were tainted with corruption as its friends. The fight against corruption was abandoned and we saw a gestapo type of government which institutionalized discontent, illegality, criminality and the law of the jungle. Think of the day when a horde of MMD cadres appeared on the ZNBC television and got an outstanding coverage in which they threatened to gang rape Edith Nawakwi. No arrest was made but we heard our dismissed IG Francis Kabonde coming to their defense saying threatening violence such as rape is not a crime. This is what Zambia became of.

  5. Limnothrissa

    Is any of this going to put more money in our pockets?

    Looks like it is just going to cost more, and we will be the ones paying for it!

    But the good side is

    “The location of the provincial headquarters would be determined after consultations have been concluded with stakeholders,”

    Lets hope stakeholders will have their say. They have been completely excluded up to now, especially the re-naming of the airports.

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