US$33Million Kabwe, Kapiri Roads Work To Start

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Zambian Road Development Agency (RDA) has announced that it will commission the $33million (K165.8 billion) roads rehabilitation programme in Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi districts. This follows the termination of a contract which was awarded to Jiangsu Wujin Corporation late last year after the contactor allegedly breached the contract. RDA spokesperson Loyce Saili said in an interview that the agency had since awarded the contract to Asphalt Roads Zambia limited who would work on the 34.4kilometres of Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi district roads at a cost of $33m (K165.8 billion). Ms. Saili assured of the RDA’s commitment to ensuring that the roads are worked on and that the agency had set September 28, 2012 as date for commissioning of the road works. This comes amid complaints from Kabwe residents that driving on most roads has become a nightmare. Kabwe Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) president Sydney Tembo said as a result of poor road network some investors who were coming to Zambia were by passing Kabwe going to other towns.