THE GOVERNMENT has extended the suspension of Livingstone council to another 90 days.
And the PF in Livingstone has welcomed the extension of the suspension of the Livingstone City Council with PF district chairperson Fred Chibuye saying the UPND-dominated council was working against the government and that many developmental projects ahead of the UNWTO would have been greatly affected.
According to a letter signed by Livingstone town clerk Vivian Chikoti dated April 15, the council was in receipt of a letter from the Ministry of Local Government and Housing informing them of the extension.
The letter stated that the Minister of Local Government and Housing Emerine Kabanshi had since re-appointed Alex Bwalya who is Southern Province local government officer as administrator for the Livingstone City Council during the period of the suspension.
And Chibuye said the councillors were lucky to have their suspension extended as the PF in the district predicted dissolution. "We have had some conversations with the council workers and many of them expected dissolution. However, the extension is very good for the development of the tourism capital as many of the developmental projects started in preparations for the UNWTO would have been derailed," Chibuye said.
He added that the councillors mainly from the UPND did not want the UNWTO to succeed and would have used their powers as a council to cause tension.
"We have the bus terminus and the market already being constructed, other developments such as drainage works and street lighting installations not to forget the roads would have been affected and many youths who have been employed would be on the streets," he said.