Thursday, October 9, 2008

Italian investor constructs five star lodge in Gwembe

An Italian investor has invested US $10 million in the construction of a five star lodge in the remote Gwembe district of Southern Province.

The investor has also opened a game reserve in Chipepo area along Lake Kariba which has an assorted species of wildlife.

Managing Director of Kota Kota lodge, Sellicato Massimo, told ZANIS in Mazabuka today that his company has also employed over 60 local people at the lodge which is almost nearing completion.

He also said local companies have been empowered through contracts to ensure they benefit from the investment.

Mr Massimo said he is happy with the conducive atmosphere government has created for foreign investors to open up rural districts to development.

He observed that Gwembe district has massive pontential in tourism, adding that the rehabilitation of the controversial Gwembe-Chipepo road will open up the district to development.

Mr Massimo also urged government to expedite the rehabilitation of the broken down bottom road which is a major link with all the valley districts of Siavonga, Gwembe and Sinazongwe.

Meanwhile, Mr Massimo has pledged his company’s continued support to the education and health sectors by funding the rehabilitation and new construction of health facilities and classrooms.

He said currently he has funded the construction of a 1×4 classroom block at Mabula Basic School.