Lusaka: Government has assured Copperbelt residents that it will this year upgrade the Kitwe-Chingola road into a dual carriageway. Minister of Works and Supply Mike Mulongoti said on January 20 that Government will this year also rehabilitate the Chibuluma and Kalulushi-Lufwanyama roads.
'We are committed to ensuring that the road network improves in the country. In fact, all the infrastructure development projects are on course. We are going to expand the Kitwe-Chingola road into a dual carriageway; the Chibuluma road and the Kalulushi-Lufwanyama road will also be worked on this year,' Mr Mulongoti said in an interview.
Mr Mulongoti said Government is in a hurry to develop all parts of the country. He said Government has appointed a transaction advisor to supervise road projects under the public private partnership (PPP) initiative. Mr Mulongoti said the council of ministers made the appointment in November last year.
'The appointment of the transaction advisor that will work on the rehabilitation of road projects under the private public partnership (PPP) programme throughout the country has been done,' Mr Mulongoti said.
He said Government is committed to improving the road infrastructure in all parts of the country. Mr Mulongoti called on Zambians to continue supporting Government in its quest to develop the country. He called on individuals unnecessarily criticising Government to appreciate its efforts to develop the country.
Mr Mulongoti said it is unfortunate that some people have refused to appreciate the development projects Government is undertaking. He said some opposition leaders have failed to initiate meaningful development in their constituencies and wards since they were elected as members of Parliament and councillors. He said Government will not be detracted by critics who want to derail its development agenda.
'We are working very hard to develop this country, but it is sad that some people in the opposition have decided to politicise everything that we are doing. They must be told that as Government, we will not be detracted in taking development to our people throughout the country,' Mr Mulongoti said.