National Airports Corporation Limited managing director Robinson Misitala (far left) and Livingstone Mayor Aggrey Njekwa (middle) give caps to visitors upon their arrival at the new international terminal building in Livingstone
FILE: National Airports Corporation Limited managing director Robinson
Misitala (far left) and Livingstone Mayor Aggrey Njekwa (middle) give
caps to visitors upon their arrival at the new international terminal
building in Livingstone

WORKS and Supply Minister Yamfwa Mukanga has asked contractors working on the new terminal building at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone to complete their works by the first week of next month.

Mr Mukanga, who was impressed with the works done so far when he inspected the premises on Tuesday, said there was need for contractors to complete the project by November 7, 2015 after which the facility would be commissioned.

This was after contractors assured the Minister that the works would be completed by the end of this month (October 2015).

In 2010, the Government started constructing a new terminal building in Zambia’s Tourist Capital.

The facility was opened for use in August 2013 before it was fully completed ahead of the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly which was co-hosted by Livingstone in Zambia and Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe.

“We need to finish this job soon and please ensure to be done with the project by the first week of November.

“I have inspected the works and have seen that only few works are yet to be done,” Mr Mukanga said.

He however urged contractors not to compromise with quality as they do the final touches to the project.

“Let ensure to have high quality as real works are expensive. We are expecting the lifts to be installed and the lounges to be available.

“This is a very good piece of infrastructure as it matches with modern airport terminals across the globe. We want to give satisfaction to clients. The Patriotic Front (PF) Government is all about giving satisfaction to citizens,” Mr Mukanga said.

He said he was not happy with delays in contracts as that meant more money had to be spent while contractors had to claim interest from Government.

He also said the Government would review the recently hiked road tax, licences and other traffic fees after people’s cries.

“Cabinet has given us chance to review. We will review the charges and decide on how to proceed whether to increase and maintain old fees,” Mr Mukanga said.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Yamfwa Mukanga, we are still waiting for the airline you promised us by June 2014 after you went to “sing” MOU with Emirates and other major airlines. We are waiting, we have not forgotten your promise by june 2014.

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  2. Who is this imbecile Mukanga taking us for? If you had paid the contractors on time they would have finished on time and in budget…what a type of leaders are these?

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  3. The credit to the MMD government who saw the need for a better infrastructure and then initiated the project. PF should only be commended for not stopping the project as they did to other projects initiated by the then MMD government. I’m sure next month the PF will parade EL to commission the new terminal and get the credit. Above all I hope the new terminal serves its purpose to the people of Livingstone and the tourists who are the target.

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