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PRESIDENT LUNGU COMMISSIONS WORKS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF LUSAKA-NDOLA DUAL CARRIAGEWAY

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President Edgar Lungu has commissioned works for the construction of the approximately 321 kilometres Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway at a cost U$1.2 billion.
The Government through the Road Development Agency (RDA) awarded the contract to China Jiangxi Corporation for international Economic and Technical Cooperation (CJIC).
The project is one of the biggest road projects in Zambia and is expected to be completed within 48 months.
“I am therefore delighted that today we are yet again launching the construction of one of the biggest road projects in Zambia’s history with vast economic benefits to the country
“The Lusaka –Ndola dual carriageway will improve the flow of traffic thereby, drastically reducing road traffic accidents. Increased traffic on our roads due to the booming economic activities in various sectors, especially in the mining sector, requires an appropriate response such as this one,” he said.
President Lungu said the dual carriageway was an important route connecting Southern and Central parts of Zambia to mining towns on the Copperbelt and Northern parts of the country.

President Lungu delivers his speech during the ground breaking ceremony for the construction works of the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway in Katuba on 8th September, 2017.

 

The Head of State said the project would include by-pass roads in Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi and 45 kilometre Luanshya-Fisenge-Masangano road.
President Lungu urged the contractor to give an opportunity to residents within the area where the road construction project would be undertaken.
President Lungu appealed to road users to bear with the contractor for the inconvenience that will be caused for the duration of the project.
President Lungu said he was glad to note that during construction period, the project would create over 3000 jobs for the locals.

“I further appeal to communities along this road to cooperate with the contractor and supervising agencies, for the project to be completed in the scheduled time”, President Lungu said.
President Lungu reminded the Road Development Agency to ensure that local Zambian firms comprising small and medium scale contractors are engaged on the project as sub-contractors in line with the 20 per cent sub-contracting policy.

Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming said China and Zambia share profound traditional friendship and enjoy a time-honoured history of cooperation in the area of infrastructure.
Mr Yang said transportation infrastructure was crucial to the economic and social development of a nation.
He said Zambia was poised to become a transportation hub in the Southern Africa region.
He said China would continue to support the development of transportation infrastructure in Zambia in the quest to attain the 2030 goal of becoming a prosperous middle income country.
Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Honourable Ronald Chitotela said he will ensure the project was successfully implemented on time.
Hon Chitotela urged China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation to do its best to deliver quality roads as they have done before during their many years of operation in Zambia
Central Province Minister Honourable Sydney Mushanga said the road would boost agriculture and tourism sectors in Central province.
And Copperbelt minister Honourable Bowman Lusambo said the people of Copperbelt are excited with the construction of the long awaited dual carriageway because it would reduce accidents and promote trade.
CJIC President Xu Guojian said under the principle of inheriting friendship, deepening cooperation and pursuing common development, CJIC persists in promoting the economic and technical cooperation between China and Zambia and promoting the social and economic development in the country.
He said CJIC had become the most trusted road works contractor of the Zambian government and that over the years; the company has been actively integrating into the local community, training locals, participating in community services and regularly donating money to schools.
“Moreover, we have hired more than 3,000 Zambian employees and trained a large number of technical personnel. In July 2017, three Zambian employees were awarded for The Outstanding Staff Award and CJIC invited them to pay a visit to the Chinese headquarters and to receive the awards at a grand ceremony,” he said.

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Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Ronald Chitotela delivering his speech during the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway in Katuba

President Edgar Lungu admiring the bridge model whilst China Jiangxi President Xu Guojan looks on during the commissioning of the construction works of the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway

Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming delivers is remarks during the ground breaking ceremony.

CJIC President Xu Guojian (left) presenting his speech during the ground breaking ceremony

Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga delivering his remarks during the ground breaking ceremony.

Copperbelt Minister Hon. Bowman Lusambo delivering his speech during the ground breaking ceremeny of the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway

President Edgar Lungu operates a bulldozer during the commissioning of the construction works of the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway.

RDA members of staff follow the proceedings during the ground breaking ceremony

RDA members of staff follow the proceedings during the ground breaking ceremony

President Edgar Lungu unveils the plaque during of ground breaking ceremony for construction works of the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway.

Central Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kabwe and Luashya Mayor Nathan Chanda dance during the commissioning of the construction works of the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway.

NSELUKA-KAYAMBI ROAD WORKS COMMISSIONED

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President Edgar Lungu operating the grader to signify the commencement of works on the Nseluka – Kayambi Road

Government has commissioned works for the upgrading of the Nseluka-Kayambi road in Mungwi District of Northern Province at a cost of K631 million.
President Edgar Lungu who commissioned the works on the 82 kilometre stretch on August 11, 2017, much to the delight of the local people said he was grateful for the support the people of Mungwi had continued to render to him and the Government.
“I am here to yet again deliver on the numerous promises, the Patriotic Front (PF) made to the people of Zambia in its relentless quest to better their lives especially in rural areas where development has not been as much as in urban areas.


“My administration is anchored on the premise that equitable sharing of the mergre resources through provision of quality infrastructure such as roads, schools, hospitals and other social amenities is the fastest and surest way to bring about sustainable social and economic development,” he said.
President Lungu said he was happy to announce that Government has awarded a contract to Messrs China Geo-Engineering Corporation to upgrade 82 Kilometres of the approximately 172 kilometres of Nseluka –Kayambi-Chozi road at a total cost of K631 million.
He said the section to be worked on under Lot 2 is from Nseluka to Makasa village involving 82 kilometres and the project will be executed within 36 months.
The construction of this road once completed would boost trade and agricultural activities not only in surrounding areas but the province as a whole.
The Head of State said it was saddening to note that while farmers in the area have shown great commitment to support the growth of the agricultural sector; their efforts have been hampered by the poor state of the road especially during the rainy season.

“However, with the completion of Nseluka-Kayambi road project, this will be a thing of the past as our vibrant small scale farmers will access markets and be able to transport their inputs with ease and minimum costs thereby, boosting their economic status at family level,” he said.

President Edgar Lungu following the proceedings of the ground breaking ceremony of Nseluka – Kayambi Road

President Lungu said expectant mothers who are in most cases evacuated from Kayambi mission hospital to Kasama general hospital for specialised attention would enjoy better service when the state of this road improves on completion of the works commissioned.
Further, because of the poor state of the road, the average travel time of one hour, takes over five hours, forcing motorists to use the longer route of Mbala-Nakonde road when travelling to Kayambi.


The President said he was glad to note that the project launched comprised of works on township roads in Mungwi, a relatively small district but with massive potential for growth particularly in the agricultural sector.
“The township roads once completed will also add to the beauty of the district and reduce on the tear and wear on motor vehicles,” he said.

The residents of Nseluka in Mungwi District witnessing the ground breaking ceremony of Nseluka- Kayambi Road.

President Lungu said the Government has continued to spend colossal sums of money to put up such huge infrastructure and he therefore, expected quality works from the contractor and the project should be delivered within the stipulated time frame.

He reminded the Road Development Agency to ensure that local Zambian firms comprising small and medium scale contractors are engaged on this project as sub-contractors in line with the 20 per cent sub-contracting policy.
He said engaging local small and medium scale contractors as sub-contractors on the project is one way of ensuring job creation for our people whilst simultaneously helping to build the capacity of local contractors for them  to be able to take up bigger projects in future.
And Area Member of Parliament Christopher Yaluma said the people in the area were happy that the long awaited works would commence on the Nseluka-Kayambi road.
Hon. Yaluma who is also Mines Minister said the Nseluka-Kayambi road was key as it was a link to Nakonde which was a border town, hence it would spur trade and agriculture in the area. 
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GOVERNMENT PUMPS IN US$142.2 MILLION TO UPGRADE KAWAMBWA-MPOROKOSO ROAD

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President Edgar Lungu has commissioned works for the upgrading to bituminous standard the 122 kilometers Kawambwa-Mporokoso road to a tune of US$142.2 million.
President Lungu who described the commissioning of the Kawambwa-Mporokoso road as a ‘land mark development’ said the road had been a subject of discussion for a very long time.
“It is therefore gratifying that today we are fulfilling our promise. I am happy to announce that the Road Development Agency (RDA) has already appointed China Harbour Engineering Company Limited to build the Kawambwa-Mporokoso road covering a distance of 122 kilometers at a cost of US$142.2 million,” he said.
The ground breaking ceremony took place yesterday at Chipempe area in Kawambwa District at boundary of Luapula and Northern provinces.
President Lungu said the Government had prioritised infrastructure development countrywide to facilitate the much needed economic development.

He said in this regard, the country had witnessed unprecedented construction of roads, schools, universities, clinics and airports as a move to transform Zambia into a land linked country and regional transport as well as a transit hub.
President Lungu said the Kawambwa-Mporokoso road project would be completed within 24 months and that Andosa Consulting Engineers Limited; a Zambian consulting engineering firm will supervise the project.
He said once completed, the road would boost tourism and agricultural activities in Northern and Luapula provinces.
“The Patriotic Front Government is vigorously pursuing an economic diversification agenda to move the country away from copper dependence to other viable economic sectors such as tourism, agriculture and manufacturing.
“For this agenda to be realised, infrastructure such as roads become very critical,” he said.

President Lungu being welcomed by RDA director and CEO Eng. Elias Mwape during the groundbreaking ceremony in Kawambwa.

 

President Lungu urged all citizens to support Government’s development agenda.
President Lungu pointed out that everyone was aware of the huge expenditure that the Government was making on the construction of roads and related infrastructure such as bridges; hence it expected a maximum return on this investment.
“I do not expect sub-standard roads and other infrastructure. To this end, I am directing the contractor, supervising engineers and the Road Development Agency to ensure that the road is constructed within prescribed standards,” he said.
He appealed to the people of the two provinces and the two districts, Kawambwa and Mporokoso and those living along the road to support the contractor and the engineers as they carry out their work.
He said there was need to avoid activities that would frustrate the project which is aimed at uplifting the lives of those living along the road.
President Lungu also reminded the contractor and the RDA to ensure that small and medium scale Zambian contractors are engaged on the project in line with Government’s 20 percent subcontracting policy.
He further emphasised on the need to hire people to work on the project from locals as a way of empowering them.
President Lungu said he was pleased to see that the contractor had offered to carry out corporate social responsibility programmes which included the construction of 10 kilometers of township roads in Kawambwa and Mporokoso and the construction of one secondary school in Kawambwa and Mporokoso .
They contractor has also offered to construct a market and church in Kawambwa and also rehabilitation of the Mporokoso District Hospital.
Luapula province minister Nickson Chilangwa commended the President for his passion to follow up on projects while at the same time commissioning new ones.
Hon. Chilangwa said President Lungu’s desire to improve on the country’s infrastructure was evident and the people of Luapula province were grateful for the massive developmental projects taking place in the area.
He said Kawambwa-Mporokoso road would unlock huge economic potential endowed by the two provinces.
Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Ronald Chitotela said the Government had continued to take development to all parts of the country, even if some areas were less economically viable.
Hon. Chitotela said the President had directed him to ensure that infrastructure was spread equally across the country irrespective of the geographical divide.

Presidents Lungu drives a grader to mark the commissioning of the works.

China Harbour Engineering Company Zambia General Manager Claude Peng said the road under construction was an important link between Luapula and Northern Provinces, but it was sad that most sections of the road were impassable during the rainy season.
Mr. Peng said this was a serious impediment to growing the economy of the two provinces which had vast economic potential.
He said Luapula province did not just have potential in the tourism sector going by the waterfalls it was gifted with but that it also had potential to generate hydro power.

PRESIDENT LUNGU COMMISSIONS CONSTRUCTION & REHABILITATION OF TOWNSHIP ROADS IN MANSA

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In his relentless efforts to ensure that the road infrastructure is rolled out countrywide, President Edgar Lungu yesterday commissioned yet another ambitious construction and rehabilitation project of township roads in Mansa district in Luapula province.

The project which will gobble US$68.9 million would see a total stretch of 65 kilometers of township roads covered in the booming town of Mansa.The works will be carried out by China Henan International Corporation (CHICO) and China Civil.
Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony in Mansa yesterday, President Lungu said he was happy that shortly after launching the construction and rehabilitation works on township roads in Chingola on the Copperbelt and rehabilitation of the Ndola-Mufulira road, Mansa too was getting its fair share of road development.
“What we are witnessing today is a clear demonstration of our promises to develop Luapula. I can assure you that your Government, our Government will not rest until it delivers quality roads including in Dundumwezi (Southern province),” he said.

 

Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa during the commissioning of township roads in Mansa

 

President Lungu said the improvement to the road network would attract significant investments in the tourism and agricultural sectors among many others.
He said the rehabilitation and construction of township roads would not only give Mansa district a facelift, but would also transform other provinces and improve of the movements of goods and services.

He urged local authorities to carry out campaigns on the need to educate the residents not to vandalize the road infrastructure which was being put up at a huge cost.
President Lungu said that his administration would speak less and concentrate on working as it promised the people ‘nothing less but work.’
Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale said the construction and rehabilitation of roads was happening countrywide and was the order of the day.
Hon. Mwale said President Lungu was indeed fulfilling the promises he made and that a good road network was a backbone to economic development.
“This is the kind of development Zambians looked for. The roads will change the face of Mansa,” he said.
He urged Mansa Municipal Council to ensure that it rolled out periodic maintenance works so that they roads could stay in good shape for a very long time.
Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa said he was happy that President Lungu had gone to Luapula province to implement what he had promised the people.
Hon. Chilangwa said the high powered delegation comprising of a number of cabinet ministers showed the importance the President attached to developing Luapula province which was currently the poorest province in Zambia.

Local Government minister Vincent Mwale delivering his speech.

And in vote of thanks, Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Ronald Chitotela thanked President Lungu for commissioning various developmental projects in Luapual province.
Hon. Chitotela said it was clear that the President wanted to uplift the living standards of people in Luapula which was rated as a poorest region in the country.



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