Chipata attains city status

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President Edgar Lungu (right) confers the City Chain to Chipata Mayor Sinoya Mwale (left) during the Investiture ceremony at Civic Centre where the President declared Chipata Municipality to a City on Friday,February 24,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017

President Edgar Lungu has conferred the status of a city on the municipality of Chipata. This is in accordance with the powers vested in him under section 3 and 4 of the Local Government Act CAP 281 of the Laws of Zambia.

The Head of State made the proclamation during an investiture ceremony held at the civic centre in Chipata on Friday.

He has signed statutory instrument number 13 of 2017 which confers the Eastern Province capital, formerly called Fort Jameson, with a City status which will take effect today, February 25, 2017.

And President Lungu as urged the local authority to make land available for investors who will be willing to establish manufacturing industries in the City.

He said Chipata has great potential for agro based manufacturing industries for commodities such as groundnuts, cotton, tobacco and vegetable oil processing among others.

President Lungu has since encouraged investors to seize the investment opportunities and invest more crops that are produced in Chipata and eastern province as a whole.

The economy of Chipata is largely dependent on trading, agriculture and tourism. Therefore, there is great potential for agro-based manufacturing industries for commodities such as groundnuts, cotton, tobacco and vegetable oil processing to mention but a few,” President Lungu said during the investiture ceremony.

“In this regard, i call upon investors to seize these investment opportunities to invest more crops that are produced here. To the local authorities, i urge you to make land available for investors who will be willing to establish manufacturing industries here.”

And President Lungu said Chipata which provides the shortest route to the Indian Ocean deep port of Nacala in Mozambique is an important connection for Zambia’s Social Economic development.

He said Chipata has met the requirement of a well-defined central business district, an improved road infrastructure such as a good road network, facilities such as banks and insurance houses, schools, hospitals and shopping malls.

President Lungu also pointed out that Chipata has facilities such as hotels and lodges that met international standard such as the 3-star protea hotels.

Chipata was established as an outpost for the British Empire in the late 19th century after the conquest of the Ngoni by the British around 1895. Surrounded by the hills, they made it a fortress and named it Fort Jameson in honour of Leander Starr Jameson, a 19th-century politician and adventurer.

In about 1906, Chipata golf course was developed, becoming the fourth golf course to be established in Africa.

Following the establishment of colonial rule in Northern Rhodesia, Chipata was made the capital of North-Eastern Rhodesia until the unification of the two Rhodesias.

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