People in Chikwawa Central Constituency have every reason to smile if what one of the aspiring members of Parliament (MPs) said will be implemented that 100 percent of households will have access to clean water by 2018.
Michael Ndaferankhande said this on Saturday when he was presenting his manifesto to people living around Illovo Sugar ‘sNchalo Estate in the area of Paramount Chief Lundu.
Ndaferankhande, who is standing as an independent candidate in the coming May 2014 Tripartite Election, said few people in the district have access to safe water when the source where water can be fetched is just close to them.
“While we have Shire River lying within us, statistics for the district indicate that only 55 per cent of the people in the district access clean water,” he reviewed.
Ndaferankhande said lack of access to clean water in the area is due to the fact that previous members of Parliament did not represent it well.
“The constituency has for a long time been represented by people with short minds. It is time that we have a bonafide member of the community, well-educated and experienced to reclaim the development people need,” he said.
Ndaferankhande promised that if elected into the august House, his first priority will be providing safe water to the people by making sure that for every 250 people, a borehole or tap is planted.
“What I am saying is not coming from blues, it is within my plans. You can see yourself that my symbol is a tap with flowing water. This signifies my commitment to provide safe water to all people in the constituency if voted May 2014,” he said.