Sunday, June 16, 2024

President Hichilema Announces Commencement of Ndola-Lusaka Dual Carriageway Roadworks

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In an announcement on his official Facebook page, President Hakainde Hichilema revealed the eagerly anticipated commencement of roadworks on the Ndola-Lusaka dual carriageway. President Hichilema described this project as a flagship initiative under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) financing model.

In his brief Facebook post, President Hichilema stated, “The works on the much-awaited Ndola-Lusaka dual carriageway project have commenced. This is one of our flagship projects under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) financing model.” The announcement marks a significant milestone in the development of Zambia’s infrastructure.

President Hichilema expressed his optimism for the successful completion of the project, highlighting the government’s unwavering commitment to transforming Zambia into a pivotal transport hub for Southern and Central Africa. He stated, “We look forward to the smooth completion of this project and lay the foundation for other similar arrangements as we make Zambia the transport hub for Southern and Central Africa.”

The Ndola-Lusaka dual carriageway project has been eagerly awaited and is seen as a crucial infrastructure development that will improve connectivity and transportation efficiency between these two major cities. The modernization of this key transportation route is expected to facilitate economic growth, enhance trade, and improve overall accessibility for residents and businesses.

This major undertaking follows the signing of a groundbreaking 25-year Public Private Partnership (PPP) Concession Agreement on February 28, 2023, between the Zambian government and the Macro Oceans Investment Consortium (MOIC). Under the terms of the agreement, MOIC has committed to constructing a 327-kilometer dual carriageway, connecting Lusaka and Ndola, at a total cost of 650 million United States dollars.

16 COMMENTS

  1. What is the so called Macro Ocean bringing to the table? We saw the abuse of Napsa funds under ECL, now its worse. This country is cursed.

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    • 1. It’s ironic, when PF & MMD were mplementing infrastructure projects such as road constructions, HH was against the project proposals by playing politics, when deep down he knew it was good for Zambia. Today, he wants to be seen as if he is the person who has cared for Zambia since 1964, going by his inauguration speech.

      Anyway, good roads play a crucial role in enhancing a nation’s socio-economic development, improving the quality of life for its citizens.

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    • 2. Good roads in a nation contribute to its development in several ways such as:

      1. Improved Connectivity
      2. Economic Growth
      3. Access to Markets:
      4. Tourism
      5. Employment
      6. Infrastructure Development
      7. Education and Healthcare Access
      8. Emergency Services:
      9. Investment Attraction
      10. Reduced Transportation Costs
      11. Agricultural Development
      12. Urbanization
      13. Social Integration
      14. Technological Adoption
      15. Disaster Management

    • Independent observer, HH was never against PF projects, he was against the massive loans acquired to do these projects. PF had placed a cost of $1.2 billion on this project when now it is being done for $600 million. Are you telling me you never knew this??

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  2. When he concentrated on sorting out the debt mess pf left, the pf surrogates cried that he had neglected infrastructure development. He is now building infrastructure at an honest cost but some f00ls will still complain

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    • Tarino Orange #

      The F00L is you who has never stopped complaining about your uncle for not getting a job. You are extremely very childish. They are a lot of people who worked hard to remove PF who have been left out. Not everyone can be offered a job in government.

  3. And the same Man the Supreme leader Ayatollah Hakainde Hichilema used to mock PF that Zambians won’t eat roads and infrastructure ….now since he is getting some serious kickbacks…all is well…anyway what do you expect when you voted a thief into office….now he is panicking he wants Zambians to forget about his Gold smuggling deals….all this is distractions whilst they do their gymnastics….and Martha Mushipe the UPND die hard lawyer is representing the Gold bandits…..when we tell you that the Supreme leader Ayatollah Hakainde Hichilema is the mastermind of all the illegal mining happening now in Zambia

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    • @ Dudelove, Yes they have…search the archives and you will see that they use these projects to hoodwink you and before you know it, the road in a bad state. Roads are essential to economic activities and should not be politicised. I don’t see why this should make news headlines because it should be expected from any government in office. Otherwise they are using it as a vehicle to launder tax payers money when the works are sub-standard or incomplete.

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  4. Correction: the cost the the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriage is NOT $600m. That is the estimated cost of constructing the road, without flyovers and hotels that were earlier planned, as I understand. More importantly, the cost to this country will be the funds that will be forgone for 22 years, sadly, after using Zambian funds.

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