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Government has constructed 101 Communication towers in Luapula Province-Kafwaya

Rural News Government has constructed 101 Communication towers in Luapula Province-Kafwaya

The government says it has so far constructed one hundred and one new communication towers in Luapula Province from the one thousand and nine towers being constructed through Zamtel under Phase II of the project.

Transport and Communications Minister Hon Mutotwe Kafwaya says the government under President Dr. Edgar Lungu has made tremeandous strides in ensuring the development of an effective and reliable telecommunication network through supporting the implementation of various telecommunication projects.

“The project which began in 2017 is aimed at constructing and upgrading a total of 1009 communication towers as well as Zamtel’s core radio transmission network infrastructure at a total cost of US$280. I am reliably informed that 783 towers have so far been constructed and are on air. This is commendable work on the part of Zamtel who are the project managers as well as strategic partners with government in the development of the communications sector,” said Hon Kafwaya.

“This is an initiative by government in response to the cries of our prople in many unserved and under-served parts of the country. It is well known that communications is key to any country’s social and economic development. For many years, various parts of our country have experienced challenges brought about by lack of communication.”

He indicated that it is President Lungu’s desire to see development extended to all parts of the country.

He since urged the people of Nchelenge to take this opportunity to explore the many advantages that can be realised with this infrastructure in place, and the many services that Zamtel offers.

Speaking earlier, Zamtel Chief Executive Officer Eng Sydney Mupeta said Zamtel views Luapula Province as a region with massive economic potential especially in the area of Tourism and Fisheries.

Eng Mupeta stated that such potential can only be realized if there are adequate communication facilities in this Province.

“With the launch of this site, we are likely to see an increase in the economic activities in this area.As Zamtel, we remain committed to supporting the Government’s agenda of taking development to all corners of this Country in order to support developmental activities that depend on effective communication services,” he said.

“With the coming of these sites, farmers and other traders here can now communicate with the buyers of various products. In addition, the customers can also receive payments for their produce on our Zamtel Mobile Money platform. This is a convenient and secure payment option which also helps reduce the handling of cash thereby supporting transactions under the new normal due to Covid-19.”

Earlier, Hon Kafwaya and his entourage paid a courtesy call on Senior Chief Mununga at his palace.

11 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t believe a word of this claim. I’m in the communication business, and very frequently in Luapula, and let me tell you: NO communication towers have been constructed by the PF government. They are just INVENTING it, and get imposters like UK diasporan KZ to “endorse” it…. You stick with this claim? Then give me PROOF, give me a list with all GPS coordinates of these towers. That list will not be forthcoming, like it didn’t come after the same statement was made for Western Province. PF thinks Zambians will believe anything! NOT!

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  2. @no corruption Zulu, when you ask for coordinates they will claim it is a security matter. There is also that dimension of lying in our country. I understand they started pursuing fellas who revealed those fake roadworks at one stage. These guys are as crazy af.

  3. No corruption , you will only see those towers when your fellow Tonga says he can see them. That is the folly of tribalism. It leads to ignorance

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  4. @3 No Corruption Zambia, YOU ARE A BIG LIER AND YOU HAVE NEVER EVEN BEEN TO THE LUAPULA PROVINCE. IN NO TIME LUAPULA PROVINCE WHICH HAD HOPELESS TOWNS AND VILLAGES HAS POSITIVELY CHANGED SHAPE. WE NOW HAVE TARROADS EVEN IN TOWNS LIKE SAMFYA. WE HAVE TRROADS CONNECTING TOWNS AND EVEN FEW VILLAGES. WE
    HAVE COMMUNICATIONS TOWERS. THE IMMEDIATE THING I THOUGHT ONE SHOULD COMPLAIN ABOUT AND ASK ZAMYEL TO IMPLEMENT ARE TOWERS ON AND OFF THE LAKE BANGEULU AND OTHERS. THIS IS BECAUSE ONCE ONE LEAVES SAMFYA AND GO TO THE WETLANDS, SAY, LUNGA DISTRICT PHONE COMMUNICATION STOPS. WE NEED MORE COMMUNICATION TOWERS ON THE LAKE AND ON LAND.

    ATI “…at a total cost of US$280. I am reliably informed…”. LT, CAN THE TOTAL COST OF EVEN ONE COMMUNICATION TOWER BE US$280?

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  5. Just along the line of rail there is no zamtel coverage except at sporadic places and in towns.

  6. Wise Timing, as a diasporan from the UK you seem to think you know more than others. Like that other diasporan calling himself KZ. I’m in Zambia and know for a fact that all those claims about the country prospering, and the economy blossoming, and communication towers being constructed, is all election rubbish from a government that is so unpopular that it clearly is resorting to fairy tales. Only they make one big mistake: the Zambian people have had enough of all the lies and talks, they see for themselves that Great North Road between Kapiri and Ndola is one big pothole, that millions of kwacha are earned with road tolls, but that money is clearly not going to fixing the road. And the news today that government owned copper mines are shut because of under investment – while the…

  7. …. copper prices are soaring! Zamnia will soon be called Zimbia, after that neighbour that also was ravaged by a corrupt government!

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