PRESIDENT LUNGU COMMISSIONS MICHEAL CHILUFYA SATA TOLL PLAZA

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The Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza along the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriageway

President Edgar Lungu has commissioned the newly built Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza along the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriageway on the Copperbelt Province with a call for motorists to support the National Road Tolling initiative.
During the same occasion, the President also launched the e-Tolling System.
President Lungu said the Tolling system being rolled out in the country was not meant to overburden Zambians with taxes but help build the infrastructure countrywide using locally generated resources.
President Lungu said the successful completion of the Toll Plaza was a significant step in the implementation of the National Road Tolling programme aimed at attaining financial sustainability for road infrastructure development.

President Lungu delivering his speech during the commissioning of the Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza

‘’Toll plazas will continue being the beacon of hope in facilitating the road infrastructure development across the country,’’ President Lungu said.
The Head of State explained that the benefits to be derived from Toll Plazas would facilitate construction of new road infrastructure and maintenance of existing roads.
‘’We have prioritised the expansion and development of roads in our country and in this regard the National Tolling system will continue for successful financing of infrastructure projects in the country,” he said.
President Lungu also said the positive stride that had been made since the inception of Tolling projects would move the country from being landlocked to an inter linked one through improved road network supported by the Tolling projects.

President Lungu in a Toll Booth issues the first Toll receipt to the Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Hon. Ronald Chitotela shortly after the launch.

Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Honourable Ronald Chitotela said the E-tolling system had been introduced to help road users pay tolling fees electronically and reduce the handling of cash by the tolling officers.
And Copperbelt minister Hon. Japhen Mwakalombe said money raised from the Tolling system would be used to rehabilitate and build road infrastructure around the country.
Hon. Mwakalombe commended the Government for having embarked on various infrastructure projects on the Copperbelt and country at large.

Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Honourable Ronald Chitotela displaying the e-Tolling card.

The Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza was named after the late fifth Republican President Michael Chilufya Sata.
In 2017, the Road Development Agency (RDA) awarded the contract to AVIC International Zambia Limited to construct the toll plaza at a cost of US$4.3 million.
Construction works commenced on 27th September 2017 and the works were completed and handed over to RDA on 14th September 2018.

National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) CEO Eng. Wallace Mumba explaining to President Lungu how the Tolling system will operate

 

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RDA Chief Executive Officer Eng. Elias Mwape welcoming President Lungu.

Some RDA Staff during the launch of Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza

Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Hon. Ronald Chitotela and Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota inspecting the Toll Booths shortly before the commissioning

Some of the Toll collectors stationed at Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza.