Government to complete all on-going road rehabilitation projects started by the MMD
GOVERNMENT has assured the people of Luapula Province that it will complete all on-going road rehabilitation projects that were started by the MMD government.
And government has earmarked eight major roads in Luapula for feasibility studies to enhance inter-district connectivity with neighbouring Northern Province.
Deputy Minister of Communications, Transport, Works and Supply Mutaba Mwali said on Thursday that the Patriotic Front (PF) government will ensure that all on-going road rehabilitation projects are completed before new ones can be initiated.
“It is the policy of the PF government and President Michael Sata is committed to ensuring that all on-going road projects are completed and new ones started because a better road network is important to the development of the country,” Dr Mwali said.
The minister was responding to concerns raised by members of the District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC) in Samfya over some road rehabilitation projects that have been suspended after change of government.
According to members of the DDCC, the Twingi-Mabo-Yamba road, which was being worked on at a cost of K900 million, has been suspended because only K300 million was provided for the project while the balance of K600 million has not yet been released.
The DDCC members also told Dr Mwali, who is on a familiarisation tour of on-going road rehabilitation projects and those planned for feasibility studies in Luapula, that another K4.8 billion Kafubashi road project was also suspended.
But Dr Mwali said government will not abandon all road infrastructure projects that are on-going as clearly indicated by President Sata in his speech when he opened Parliament last year.
“Going by the President’s speech when he opened Parliament, it is the PF government’s policy to ensure that Zambians are given a better road network. This means we will not abandon even the road development projects left by the previous government,” Dr Mwali said.
And Road Development Agency (RDA) regional engineer George Manyele said work on the Twingi-Mabo-Yamba road has not been suspended, but only delayed due to competing needs for the inadequate equipment under Rural Roads Unit.
Mr Manyele said the initial K300 million released was spent on the project and that RDA is now waiting for the remaining K600 million to be disbursed to complete work on the road.
On the K4.8 billion Kafubashi project, Mr Manyele said the construction of a causeway was completed despite minimal delays due to the wet conditions on the project site.