ROADS COME WITH ECONOMIC PROSPERITY- PRESIDENT LUNGU

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President Lungu flanked by Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Honorable Ronald Chitotela (r),Lusaka Province Minister Honorable Bowman Lusambo (l), Special Assistant to the President for Project Monitoring and Implementation Mr. Andrew Chellah (far left) and RDA Director and CEO Eng. Mwape(far right) touring some of the Roads under L400 Phase II

President Edgar Lungu has said Government is committed to transforming Zambia as can be evidenced by the massive infrastructure projects being undertaken. 
“We are trying to change the face of the country as can be attested through the construction of roads,” President Lungu said when he inspected roads in Lusaka on September 15, 2018 under the L400 phase II project.
The Head of State said that roads come with economic prosperity as they facilitated activities such as trade and agriculture.
“Roads come with economic prosperity for example farmers would be able to trade quickly, sell fresh produce and save on time,” he said
Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development, Hon. Ronald Chitotela informed the President that plans were underway to build a flyover bridge at Mandevu junction up to Kafue roundabout passing through Cairo road.
Hon. Chitotela said the pedestrians were also being considered and a footbridge at Heroes stadium would be constructed.
And RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Elias Mwape disclosed that the Agency conducted a research to compare if the roads being constructed were cheaper compared to other countries following reports that the Zambian roads were expensive.
“Your Excellency when we heard reports by some experts claiming that road construction in Zambia is the most expensive in the region, we did our own research, we collected the information from the road Agencies within the region and compared, we actually found that our roads are much cheaper than what is existing in other countries in the region,” Eng. Mwape said.
The President inspected some of the road projects under phase II namely Lumumba road (7.120 km), Mungwi road (6.659 km), Great North Road (6.610 km) and Ngwerere to Kasisi Road (21 km).
The second phase of the road project for the engineering design, rehabilitation and construction/upgrading of selected Lusaka Urban Roads is approximately 146 km at a total cost of US$ 241,180,000.00 and the project is being undertaken by AVIC-International Project Company.
A total number of 41 sub-contractors have since been attached to various projects under L400 Phase II.
The project aims to rehabilitate and upgrade selected roads in the city of Lusaka, Central Business District (CBD), residential areas, industrial and commercial areas.
The project also aims at widening of major roads from two lanes to four and six lanes including Pedestrian Walkways and Bus bays on various bus routes.

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Honorable Ronald Chitotela welcoming H.E President Edgar Lungu

RDA Director & CEO Eng. Elias Mwape welcoming H.E President Edgar Lungu

President Lungu inspecting the drainages along Mungwi road and was not happy that people are throwing litter in the drainages

RDA Director and CEO Eng. Elias Mwape explaining to President Lungu how the road is designed according to the traffic volume at the junction of Lumumba road and Great North Road, looking on is Minister of Infrastructure Honorable Chitotela (right) and Lusaka Province Minister Honorable Lusambo ( Left).

President Lungu also inspected some of the demolished structures along Great North Road at kabanana junction that were demolished and the owners of the structures have since being compensated.

President Lungu talking to RDA Director for Communications and Corporate Affairs
Mr. Masuzyo Ndhlovu and Lusaka Regional Manager Eng. Chabala Pandeki

President Lungu inspected Ngwerere Bridge which is part of L400 Phase II whose works are at 80% on completion.

Ongoing works at Ngwerere Bridge

Lumumba drainage ongoing works