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CHITOTELA ASSURES CB RESIDENTS

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Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Ronald Chitotela speaking to journalists during the tour of Copperbelt roads

The Government has assured residents on the Copperbelt that the region will have a fair share of townships roads just like the capital Lusaka has been given a facelift under the L400 phase I and II.
Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Ronald Chitotela said after he checked on some road projects on the Copperbelt on April 5, 2018, that all the 10 districts including Mpongwe and Lufwanyama would have the roads worked on.
He said road workers under the C-400 project would start in three weeks’ time and contractors had already started mobilizing equipment.
Hon. Chitotela advised the local leadership to pick roads that were of economic value because the idea was aimed at boosting economic activities for the people.
He said criticism by some people was making the Government work hard and people of Chingola were being misled that roads would not be worked when in actual fact the contractors were moving on site.

Hon. Chitotela and Hon. Mwakalombe and the entourage inspecting Chingola roads

He said local contractors should be given 20 per cent share of the works as long as they were registered with the National Council for Construction (NCC).
Copperbelt minister Japhen Mwakalombe who accompanied Hon. Chitotela said he was sure that a new road network would enhance trade because people needed to be empowered.
He also appealed to the Road Development Agency (RDA) to maintain the by-pass road at the Levy Mwanawasa toll plaza to allow heavy duty trucks ferrying equipment to mines have easy passage.
About 406 km of township roads would be raised to bituminous standard at a cost of US$ 492 million in a 38 month contract.
Kitwe has been allocated 100.25 km, Ndola 65.95 km, Luanshya 65.28 km, Kalulushi has 42.17 km while Mufulira has 47.95 km.
Others are Chingola 39.51 km Chililabombwe 25.03 km Mpongwe 6.8 km Masaiti 7.9 km and Lufwanyama 5.4 km.
The scope of works include junction design and improvement, walkways, foot bridges and street lighting among others.

Hon. Chitotela and Hon. Mwakalombe with the entourage testing the steel at Garneton Toll Plaza under construction

GUARD AGAINST VANDALISM OF ROAD FURNITURE- RDA BOARD CHAIRMAN

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L-R: RDA Chairman Mr. Samuel Mukupa, Director Communications and Corporate Affairs Mr. Masuzyo Ndhlovu, Director Construction and Rehabilitation Eng. George Manyele, Board Member Dr. Mutaba Mwali and Kitwe Mayor Christopher Kangombe (in golf T-shirt) inspect works at Garneton Toll Plaza

Road Development Agency (RDA) Board Chairman Mr. Samuel Mukupa has urged local authorities to help curb vandalism of road signage whose removal is posing a danger to motorists and other road users.

Mr. Mukupa also advised Councils to stop allowing construction of structures on road reserves, which are making it difficult for expansion of road networks.

During inspections of ongoing road rehabilitation and maintenance works in Ndola and Kitwe, Mr Mukupa said the culture of vandalism and encroachment on road reserves should be stopped.

“We have a huge challenge of vandalism, people are removing signage, which they go and sell as scrap metal but we need to stop this, and councils should play a key role in helping to reduce this vices.

“Also encroachment is another challenge especially here in Kitwe. We are not going to expand our roads if need arises since people are being allowed to put up structures along the road sides, which are meant for future developments,” he said.

Mr. Mukupa also inspected the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriageway, where China Jiangxi undertook pot-hole patching and at Levy Mwanawasa site where a toll plaza is under construction.

Consulting Engineers for Toll project, Bari Zambia Resident Engineer Selamawit Seid explained that 70 percent of the works have been done.
“We could have completed by now but due to cash flow challenges and inadequate staff from the main contractor delayed completion. The key personnel also handles Choma and Kafulafuta toll projects,” she said.

And RDA Director Construction and Rehabilitation Eng. George Manyele said contractors are required to have adequate staff at all times.

And Mr. Mukupa said Government was committed to ensure that all projects were completed.

“Toll gates are meant for sustainable road maintenance, and we are impressed with the quality of works. Government will definitely avail funding to ensure that works are completed as soon as possible,” he said.

Other works inspected were the construction of a Toll Plaza at Garneton along the Kitwe-Chingola dual carriageway, where Copperfields Mining Services is constructing a K45million.

 

MUFULIRA MAYOR URGES RDA TO CONSTRUCT BY-PASS INTO CHINGOLA

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Mufulira Mayor Gift Mushinge has urged the Road Development Agency (RDA) to consider constructing a by-pass road from Mufulira West into Chingola to reduce on transit time and ease the cost of doing business.

Meanwhile, Mufulira District Commissioner Hildah Kawesha has said there is need to construct a Toll Plaza on the Ndola-Mufulira-Mokambo road to ensure sustainable road maintenance.

(L-R) RDA Board member Dr. Mutaba Mwali, RDA Board Chairman Mr. Samuel Mukupa during a courtesy call on Mufulira District Commissioner Hildah Kawesha

Mr. Mushinge said this when RDA Chairman Samuel Mukupa and Board Member Dr. Mutaba Mwali visited the area to inspect ongoing road projects.
He said there was increased traffic volumes from the Northern part that transited through Mufulira going to Chingola and Solwezi.

“It is our appeal that a road be built from Mufulira West into Chingola, this way we shall avoid congesting the Kitwe-Chingola road. Once this is done, the transit time will be shortened and the cost of business will reduce.

“We foresee an increased volume of traffic transporting goods from Tanzania destined for Chingola and North Western but passing through Mufulira hence the need to link up the area through a by-pass road from Mufulira west,” he said.

And Ms. Kawesha said motorists travelling to Chingola and North Western Region might start avoiding the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriageway to evade paying of toll fees.

“Our fear is that some people will start avoiding the Ndola-Kitwe route once toll gates are commissioned so they may start using Ndola-Mufulira-Mokambo, so we appeal that a toll plaza be considered for inclusion in the scope of works,” she said.

Mr. Mukupa said road connectivity was important for economic development.

“Government will ensure that roads are built to lower the cost of doing business. The idea of having a ring-road is a must to ensure direct connectivity from Mufulira into Chingola.

“This proposal is something that will be considered since it is possible looking at the economic contribution of the region,” he said.

Mr. Mukupa said people had welcomed the cost sharing basis in road maintenance and construction through road tolling.
“We shall definitely put up the toll plaza because this road might be an escape route for those avoiding to pay toll fees,” he said.

RDA Board chairman Mr. Samuel Mukupa (in reflective Jacket) accompanied by Mufulira District Commissioner Ms. Hildah Kawesha and RDA officials inspecting Mufulira-Mukambo road

 

 

MPONGWE CHIEFS WANT MPONGWE-LUANSOBE-MACHIYA ROAD REHABILITATED

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Three traditional leaders in Mpongwe District on the Copperbelt Province have urged Government through the Road Development Agency (RDA) to quickly rehabilitate the Mpongwe-Luansobe-Machiya Road.

The traditional leaders have also appealed to the Government to construct a bridge across the Kafue River to avoid loss of lives.

Chief Machiya, Chief Ndubeni and Chieftainess Lesa echoed their concerns during separate meetings with RDA Board Chairman Mr. Samuel Mukupa recently.

Chief Machiya said many lives had been lost in the last few months while crossing the crocodile infested river and  others due to accidents as a result of the poor state of the road.

“We want the road to be worked on as quickly as possible. If this is done, then we shall see increased economic activities, we already have Novatek for animal feed production, Zamhatch for chicken production and there is another company processing soybeans.

“We also want a bridge across the Kafue River since it will help in transporting agriculture produce from the other side. A bridge will further reduce the number of deaths as a result of people being caught by crocodiles while crossing the river using canoes,” he said.

And caretaker Chief Ndubeni said poor road network was causing deaths through accidents.

He also urged Government to compel investors in the area to employ local people especially for casual jobs.

 

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