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Felix Mutati calls for the commercialization of the National Road Fund Agency

Economy Felix Mutati calls for the commercialization of the National Road Fund Agency

Finance Minister Felix Mutati
Finance Minister Felix Mutati
Minister of Finance Felix Mutati has called for the commercialization of the National Road Fund Agency -NRFA- to enhance domestic resource mobilization for road maintenance.

Speaking during his last visit to Ivory Coast when he met Ivory Coast Road Fund Director General William Komenan, Mr. M Utati said NRFA will move away from the parastatal syndrome and mobilize finances by managing Zambia’s roads like business ventures.

He said NRFA should involve road users in the management of roads, through payment of Tolls and other Road User Charges.

The Minister emphasized the need to establish a system for financing road maintenance programs with clear accountability and regular technical and financial audits.

And NRFA Acting Director and Chief Executive Officer Wallace Mumba during a tour of some toll facilities run by government and Public Private Partnership said he would implement lessons learnt such as using tolls to get in the financial market and borrow fuds.

He said lessons learnt will be key in the NRFA’s transformation to becoming a commercial entity and ensuring its sustainability.

Meanwhile Lionel Atindehou Director of Operations of HKB an automated Public Private Partnership toll facility says the facility has helped citizen in fast clearance.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Wallace Mumba the surveyor is ACTING NRFA DIRECTOR AND CEO ELO LYWANYA, THE BEST EVER DECISION I MADE IN LIFE IS TO LEAVE ZAMBIA FOR ANGOLA

    • @1ANYOKOoo, What is wrong with a surveyor being CEO at the NRFA?? He can be a surveyor who has worked in the road sector for a long time and understands it. At one time, he was actually supervisor on behalf of the Lusaka City Council on the Japanese Funded Lusaka Urban Roads Rehabilitation Project!So he understands this area!In fact what is needed in some of these position are LEADERSHIP and MANAGERIAL SKILLS TO EFFECTIVELY OVERSEE THOSE CARRYING OUT TECHNICAL WORK! That is why in some countries the CEOs of SOME OF THE BEST PERFORMING COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS are NOT always specialists of the CORE BUSINESS BUT EXCELLENT LEADERS and MANAGERS from OTHER BACKGROUNDS!!

    • @Bwaafya, you’re spot on Zambians have this syndrome of underestimating each other. Even when they see you overseas, they will say “Ngaba nabo basangwa shani Juno?”. Ask someone why Lungu can’t be president their answer will be “Ulya twale sambilila nao pa Mukuba Elyo mwina Chimwemwe fye “. Examples abound. European people recognize talent not paper qualifications which could even be forgeries that’s why they will always be better than us.

    • ANYOKOooo: what are your qualifications and what are you doing at the moment? Do you know the qualifications of Edith Nawakwi but now she is one of the major suppliers of Agro products to the chains stores in Zambia. For your own information Wallace has a Masters including the degree in Surveying. Being learned and being educated are two different scenarios. Road Fund Agency is not about collecting money only but it’s inclusive of all matters related to infrastructure development in the country. Get a life

  2. Let’s forgive mutations he is not in Zambia. NRFA is already commercialized, maybe due to pf ministrial privileges for him, he doesn’t pay road toll fees.

    • @Shaka Zulu,it means GRZ will nolonger be financing them meaning less politics. Manje yankala company. How about RDA,when do we expect such a brilliant move?So long as it remains a parastatal,NRFA is still compromised.

  3. @bwafyaa. Relax. There will always be someone who will speak against you out of malice. You don’t have to go for their jugular.take a breath.

  4. Assess the quality of roads in Zambia and those managing NRFA—-roads swept by a first rain season and floods all over due to poor paving and cheap drainage finishing. That is not the case in Namibia, South Africa, Angola or Botswana not even in Malawi. Bizarre, roads cost more in Zambia than anywhere on earth.
    Poor leadership and poor decision making appointing incompetent managers.

    • MunaDekhane: Muletenkanya naimwe. There are roads in RSA that cost R156million per kilometer. Do not bring your ignorance on this media platform. I am in RSA now and there is a slab that has collapsed at the hospital after heavy rains. Please stop misleading both yourself and the rest of readers.

  5. ”…..implement lessons learnt such as using tolls to get in the financial market and borrow fuds…”

    Already thinking of borrowing. Those toll gates generate billions. The last billions went missing at state house.
    What is wrong with these thieves and borrowing ?

  6. The minister of finance really amazes, he talks more about borrowing than he does about making our country self sufficient. We call ourselves a Christian nation, but we do doesn’t point at that at all. We are supposed to be lending to nations and not borrowing according to deuteronomy 28. What he ought to be doing together with ZRA’s Chanda and the central bank is to see how best to get out of this debt crunch we are in and how to get fiscal policy that will encourage growth especially for local businesses. The banks are charging interests that are so high even when government money is what constitutes large chunk of the deposits, come on Felix you can do better.

  7. Wow, marvelous weblog format! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is fanscttia, as well as the content material!

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