According to Rufunsa Town Council Public Relations Officer Rachel Chako, the Shikabeta Chiefdom has given Rufunsa Town Council 23, 868 hectares of land for development.
Chako said the decision has come after a series of meetings between the Council and the Mushika Royal Establishment of Chieftainess Shikabeta’s Chiefdom held to negotiate for the piece of land for the extension and development of the Township.
She said the Ministry of Infrastructure recently visited the council with plans to construct 300 rent-to-own houses on the same piece of land among other developments that will spring up following this historical agreement.
Chako said Land survey will soon be conducted and the plan for the area will be developed with the help of the provincial planning department further adding that the council has already applied to the ministry of lands for the land development fund.
And Council Chairman Bartholomew Kalambalala said he is excited about the noble gesture from Chieftainess Shikabeta and the Royal Establishment.
“We have already acquired a piece of land from Chieftainess Mpanshya and now we have acquired from Chieftainess Shikabeta and from here we are moving to the newly installed Chief Bunda-Bunda to negotiate for some more land for Development. We want to build a modern city that is well planned with all the facilities and social amenities to make the residents and visitors to our city enjoy their stay,” said Kalambalala.
Chieftainess Shikabeta also said she was very proud to be part of the process of development of Rufunsa District through the release of the land in question.