The Shimabala Toll Plaza
The Shimabala Toll Plaza
THE National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) must explain the deplorable state of all major roads on the Copperbelt despite revelations that Government has collected up to K236.9 million since January 2017 to date.

National Restoration Party (NAREP) secretary general Ezra Ngulube said most roads in Copperbelt towns were in a deplorable state, with huge clouds of dust emanating from the gravel.

He said it was unfortunate that despite self-praise of huge collections so far made in toll fees, Government had failed to make good the road network on the Copperbelt.

“Where does the NRFA take the money they collect from toll gates and from the weigh bridges?

“This is because the roads on the Copperbelt are in a deplorable state, and we will soon be in the rainy season and with the state of roads here (Copperbelt) there is a high risk to both motorists and pedestrians,” he said.

Mr Ngulube said Government, through the Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo, must address the roads issue with urgency as the rainy season was approaching which will make the problem worse.

He called on Mr Lusambo to help the people in his province by supporting roads development to ease access for both commercial and domestic trade across the Copperbelt.

Mr Ngulube was commenting on the state of roads in Ndola, Kitwe and Chingola which he urged the provincial leadership to quickly address to avoid worse scenarios of damage due to the rains.

“The rains are coming in a few months’ time, so what will remain of the roads which are already in deplorable state?

“We appeal to Minister Lusambo and his administration to quickly look into the problems with the road network and find some form of solution before the onset of the rains,” he said.

He also appealed to President Edgar Lungu to travel by road when he visits the Copperbelt next time and see for himself what he was talking about.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. How many MPs, or Councillors does NAREP have? They’ve been in Politics for a long time.

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    • shut you mouth you carder with no brains. have you driven through chingola you? stupid.
      Our government welcomes constructive criticism it mirrors us.

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    • WE CALL NAREPS POSITION – CHECKS AND BALANCES
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      Thank you Ezra Ngulube, we need you to question the logic of the praise and I expect PF to prove you wrong by showing you exactly where every penny or ngwee from the Toll Gates is going. Now that is excellent politicking not insults coupled with envy and jealousy.

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    • YEH! NOW THAT CHINTOMFWA IS PA BOARDING SCHOOL HE ECL CAN TRAVEL SAFELY BY ROAD. TRULY, WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO START USING THE TOLL MONEY THEY ARE COLLECTING ON A SECONDLY BASIS? DO THE THE National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) CHAPS FIRST WANT TO FILL THEIR POCKETS BEFORE THEY CAN START MENDING OR MAKING MORE RAZOR-BLADE ROADS? NGA NI PA ZAMBIA IF THEY TELL YOU THAT THEY COLLECTED MILLIONS JUST KNOW THAT THEY COLLECTED BILLIONS AND THE FIGURE HAS JUST BEEN DOWN-SIZED AND THE OTHER MILLIONS HAVE DISAPPEARED INTO THIN AIR.

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    • This is a pertinent observation by NAREP though it may just end up as among rantings by opposition parties that are not given any attention! Its high time opposition parties without representation in parliament struck an accord with those that are represented in the house that they share concerns of common interest so their colleagues can raise them in the house to task the party in government for an answer. The NAREP – SG’s appeal to PF’s Copperbelt Minister won’t receive any deserved attention though the nation at large would be interested to hear an answer to the channeling of toll fees!

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  2. We said it. All the monies from toll gates will just go to lining of Lungu’s pockets and his friends in PF. Don’t expect any miracle from that money, just pretend as if it is not there for as long as PF remains in Government. When they removed subsidies on fuel they assured the people that the savings will go towards improving the standard of living of poor people and that the fuel prices will remain stable for a long time. Did we see that? the answer is NO. Within no time we saw an increase in the pump price of fuel and docile gullible Zambians were busy dancing dununa reverse cheering Lungu. What a dull people!

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    • Visit SAVIOUR CHISHIMBA’s FACEBOOK page to see photos of the MANSIONS lungu has built.

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  3. This govt poured half billion dollars before the elections for road construction on the CB where did all that money disappear to? All this money from Toll Gate is going to subsidize the mines who are consuming energy at reduced tariffs at the expense of docile Zambians.

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  4. No one knows where that money from toll gates goes except lungu. Do you think all his travels booking jets is free ??

    Accountability in PF is zero. When you ask them where the money goes they plead ignorance , when you report them to the ACC you are told to provide evidence and no one has complained.

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  5. Ba Narep the toll gates just started operating this year January and don’t expect the govt to start working on the roads immediately they first need to come up with proper planning..and by the way the toll money is for working on the majority roads connecting towns not local roads within towns because that’s the duty of local authorities from the CDF monies and grants..major roads it’s RDA while township roads it’s the councils

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    • You are the same people that drag our beloved country backwards. What kind of thinking is that? You plan before anything. It is not by accident that they have collected those monies. Seriously are you for real?

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  6. Why ask through the media, considering NAREP is an opposition party, I expect you to know where to go & who to ask without shouting. This is what is wrong with our opposition leaders sure if you go and see Mr. Mutati over this issue can’t he give you the answer you are looking for, but no you want everyone know that NAREP is talking. Even RDA can help you know where the money is going or who is in-charge of that account. Then give them a constructive idea and why certain roads are not being done. Anyway Rome was not built in one day.

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    • Ba Lemba naimwe how about the general public??? How are we going to know how the money has been spent?? RDA can give an answer once for everybody to know how the money has been spent. You want NAREP to come and starting telling us they asked a question to RDA and the response is this

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