The government of Zambia is set to restart the US $12m Pave Zambia road projects road projects on selected township gravel roads in Mushili, Ndeke, Itawa and Mackenzie townships of Bwana Mkubwa Constituency.
Bwana Mkubwa Constituency Member of Parliament, Jonas Chanda confirmed the reports and said the Road Development Agency (RDA) working with local Zambian contractors FROG limited and VIRGIN SERVICES Limited will help in the construction of the roads.
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Pave Zambia road project
The road project began last year but faced delays due to outstanding payments to the local contractors and RDA was also unable to supply the local contractors with the PAVERS. The Member of parliament however affirmed that in the next three weeks, FROG limited will be completing construction works on Mporokoso and Lunga gravel roads in Mushili township and VIRGIN SERVICES Limited will be finalising construction works on Bwalo, Mafunde, Mapange, Fyakale and Kalukungu roads in Ndeke township; Buchetekelo, Kafironda and Mwenda roads in Itawa township; and Mackenzie gravel road in Mackenzie (Makense) township.
Zambia’s President Michael Sata hailed the project and said that the road is in accordance to the government plan to transform the economy with the centre of attention being on sectors with high employment creation potential such as agriculture, tourism, construction and manufacturing.
“With a good road network, farmers will be able get their produce to market. Moreover, we can’t further develop our tourism industry without improved roads and the much talked-about industrialization process cannot happen without having a good road network,” said the President.