Newly appointed North Western province minister Dawson Kafwaya inspects the bridge 1
Newly appointed North Western province minister Dawson Kafwaya inspects the bridge

Government says it has awarded five contractors to rehabilitate township roads in five districts in North-western province.

North western provincial minister Dawson Kafwaya says that government has approved to rehabilitate township roads in Kasempa, Mufumbwe, Zambezi, Solwezi and Chavuma districts.

Mr. Kafwaya said Alsphad Engineering has been awarded the contract to do 9.2 kilometres of township roads in Kasempa District at a cost K115.4 Million while Dalong Construction will work on 15.7 kilometres in Mufumbwe district at a cost of K114.7 Million.

In Zambezi district, government has contracted Road Pave Company to work on 9.6 kilometres at the cost of K129.4 million.

In Chavuma districts, 9.5 kilometres of road works have been to Alsphad Engineering at a cost of K128.6 Million

China Geo Company is expected to tar 20.5 kilometres of township roads in Solwezi district.

On the Solwezi Chingola road the minister explained that government has engaged three contractors to do a new road and that the first contractor is expected to move on site soon while the two other are expected to start work next month.

Mr. Kafwaya said the works on the township roads are expected to start soon after the rain season and will be completed in 18 months.

He added that it is the desire of President Edgar Lungu to improve the living standards of the people in the province through infrastructure development in the province.

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    • @twalipyanika kale, Yes,same kilometres but different amounts,it depends on the terrain where the road passes e.g some will require a lot of bridges to be made,whilst some areas will require a lot of reinforcements before a road can be made. So,different amounts for same kilometres.

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    • My friend you are not an expert in the field. Some are existing while some have to start from scratch. Others depend on distance from laterite, water and other materials. Other factors include the soil type – rock or sandy implies more work.

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    • Hon Kupwaya! We are following, but if it doesn’t work the place will be to small for you.
      About Solwezi-chingola road if you want to do a donch kubeba on as just like they have done during the last past 3yrs then we will do a very good one for u in 2016.

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    • WAY FORWARD. YOU CAN’T HAVE A PROVINCE EARNING MOST OF GOVERNMENT REVENUE BUT STILL LOOKING LIKE SH!T. THE WHOLE NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE MUST BE MODERNIZED. I AM RIGHT NOW IN STRASBOURG- ONE OF THE SMALLEST TOWN IN FRANCE ON THE BOARDER OF FRANCE AND GERMANY. BUT, I CRY WHEN I SEE THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF STRASBOURG WHERE THE FORMER FRENCH ZAMBIAN NATIONAL COACH Herve Renard TRAINED AS A FOOTBALL COACH. LUSAKA IS VERY FAR. THE TOWN HAS GOT EFFICIENT TRAMS, TRAINS AND COMMUTER BUSES. LITTLE WONDER TOURISTS INCLUDING MYSELF FLOCK TO THESE LITTLE TOWNS.

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    • @1 NOT EVERY CONTRACTOR IS GOING TO CHARGE THE SAME AMOUNT FOR THE SAME THING. THEIR PROFORMAS WILL BE DIFFERENT.

      @1, WHAT YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT IS THE MEANING OF ‘rehabilitate’. THIS WORD MEANS A LOT AND NO ONE HAS EXPLAINED WHETHER IT IS TARRING THE ROADS OR JUST GRADING THEM- BECAUSE THIS ALSO MEANS rehabilitate.

      “”the campaign aims to rehabilitate the river’s flood plain”
      synonyms: recondition, restore, renew, renovate, refurbish, revamp, make over, make fit for habitation/use, overhaul, develop, redevelop, convert, rebuild, reconstruct, remodel; More”

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  1. I know UPND two bit cadres like Wanzelu alibe nzelu will still attack government for this good gesture shown to the people of N/western province.What a shame.

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    • What good gesture? Is it supposed to be a gesture? When u did yo roads in mansa, kasama was it a gesture? What nonsense is that? What contribution to GDP does mansa, kasama, chinssli make? They do matumbo something road and yet an economic road like solwezi chingola goes begging. Wanza wenu!

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    • My dear this was long over due. PF is on the pressure with the new Nkongole for fear of 2016. Still we know them that it is campaign gymic.

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    • Sena, what do you mean good gesture? You mean government is doing a favor to people of NW who have sacrificed than any other province in Zambia.

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  2. It is just HOT AIR. They said so in 2012 and did nothing. Meanwhile roads in mansa, kasama, chinsali were being done and yet the northwest is a serious generator of tax for your useless budget.

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  3. When are you going to do the roads in Chalala in Lusaka. Cars are getting damaged like they come from the farms. EL am sure you have been to Chalala

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    • FuFu: That is even little considering the distance to access ALL suitable construction materials, plant, equipment and qualified staff for this kind of work and transport and settle them in North Western Province. In addition, these values include VAT.

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  4. A good development though this should have been a bit earlier.Though one can’t can do everything everywhere at once,one would still say that it appears Sata had somehow made a mistake: he thought that by appointing Munkombwe as Provincial Minister,appoint some UPND MPs,doing development projects in Southern Province he would win the hearts of the people there to vote PF. The result is visible in recent elections! NW Province is diverse and is a better ground for PF to fight for a better share of votes by taking development to the people there and explaining what they plan for the province like connecting all districts to the national grid, how they plan to improve the Chingola- Solwezi road + others.Under development of NW didn’t start with PF but in 3 years they are trying to reverse…

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    • Take your dirty hands off Southern prov. Don’t use sweeteners to cheat pipo. Instead, engage them and they will tell u what matters. Even this time, I don’t trust Pf. It is for the north. That’s why they have not done anything for NWP. IT is a bemba party.

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  5. Where yu using a compass or scale to arrive at that figure of yo calculations. Now I see why HH claimed to ‘ve won it’s due to such calculations.

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  6. What good gesture? That is what all governments are supposed to do for their people despite what party they voted for. Whether it is borrowed or tax payers money they are supposed to develop all provinces regardless.

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  7. Why do african governments feel like we owe them anything?its the other way round,for giving them jobs,they owe us everything by distributing the national resource equally country wide.

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  8. @austin2021, you are very retarded in your thinking. What good gesture when this should have been done a long time ago. Since this PF came into power, they have been talking about the same story but nothing has been done. We are tired of hearing the same story. There are no favors or good gestures here. Let these crooks just do the right thing. In fact that ugly Chimbwi Sata was taking the royalties from the mines to build roads in Muchinga. These projects should not be used for politicking.

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    • why can’t you talk about MMD????????
      At least PF has done something in NW we have traffic lights at mitec, we have a concrete road at Kansanshi junction which MMD failed to maintain. i have seen Solwezi growing

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  9. @ Voice of reason who cant reason.The PF has been in power for just a mere 3 years & yet their works speaks for them.No need to insult coz enlightened minds argue with ideas & not through insults.If u’re a two bit cadre of some party then yo judgement is compromised, preventing u from seeing de reality that the current government is trying its level best 2 develop all de provinces of our beautiful country Zambia & certainly u cant compare de 3 years of de PF rule to that of MMD’s 20 years rule.Think with yo brain & not tribe or partisan politics.

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    • Austin2021, you speak like that coz u don’t know how painful it has been when this Pf of yours was busy developing yo mansa, kasama, chinssli leaving out solwezi which contributes more to the economy. Typical of bemba thinking. Reckoning u r smarter. Voice of reason uses such strong language to tell pipo like u Austin how evil I are starting from yo data. I back the gentleman.

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  10. Mr. minister you are very much aware that in the first place road pave contractors were given the contract to do the road from solwezi bridge to chingola and they failed completely, not even to do the culverts or drainage system. At miteck junction they were just scratching until when china geo came in to do that concrete and finally the government have put robots on it, and you are giving them another contract. you were in opposition and you could oppose on the passé they were working, there you come as an oppose you accept the road pave again. lets be realistic in life.

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  11. Most Road works have stalled because the Euro bond is finished or Stolen.Even is Solwezi its just a gimick those Roads will still be un completed in 2016.So North westerners let as not be smeared with butter on the face when infact our copper and Gold money is taken to Muchinga.We owe you nothing and don’t think if you build one or two roads then you have bought as.

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  12. @austin2021, it seems you are one of those dunderheads who can’t see that the PF has done more damage in a short period of time than the MMD you are talking about. Right now, your clueless president Mr Dizzy Lungu doesn’t know how to tackle major problems besetting the country especially the free falling kwacha. The PF has borrowed much more money than the MMD did in 20 years and you call that development. The country needs programs which would help aliviate poverty in the country. What is your president doing now? He is hopping like a grass hopper up and down to see Mugabe and trying to fill his bag with black diamonds from Angola and DRC. You are claiming to see and yet your president is leading the country to an economic destruction. The casualties are the poor Zambians!

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  13. Ba nyenga yami naba jikalala refused to be relocated to pave way for a massive shopping complex and a state of art international airport in solwezi. Can yu blame govt for that sure. Wanza weyi

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    • They are putting structures in the wrong place because there are no Northersterners in Government. Why do you want them to treat PF like parents. Northwesterners want to sit at the decision making table also , they don’t want to be told what they need

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    • What about the roads aneba BA kwetu? Did u need to move pipo? Nangwa shopping mall, did u need to move pipo? Find alternative land or compensate kebyo?

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  14. We have so many mines in NW making millions of dollars per week. They are the main users and destroyers of the roads in NW.

    Government rather than just concentrating on raising mine taxes and minibuses, try to engage the mines to the development of road infrastructure in constructing roads in NW. So that the money you are allocating to constructing the road here and there can be kept to come and meet farmers dues later this year.

    Mines don’t just construct a school here and there as part of your Cooperate Social Responsibilities; step up to help with the roads especially KWA BANZOLO/BAKABWA LAND

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  15. January next year we will be discussing this effort in a whole different light. Intentions even those that are noble do jot exactly manifest in the desired outcome. Management of these efforts will be critical and I predict now that the “modalities” lol will be the excuse for what the end result of this effort will be.lol

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  16. I totally agree that development of infrastructure in NW is long over due and lets not use it as campaign platform, we have had enough . Local government especially need to be hold accountable not only them but every one in power. surely how can we have a town like Solwezi looking like the was war? I feel we as people of NW including people who are coming to settle here need to work together in insuring that government allocated funds and money being generate from the three mines develop NW. Lets not be single minded on the issue of national development. This Zambia is ours and no one should come and tell you that you need to develop it.
    The other factor i want to state is that lets give right people to do the road and complete the task not just fake contractors.

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