Govt. to tar CB rural roads

Copperbelt Province Minister Elisha Matambo says government is considering to tar rural roads on the Copperbelt as a lasting solution to the ever deplorable roads.

And Mr. Matambo says he will engage the ministry of local government to consider terminating the contract for ‘PLC’, the contractor engaged to work on the Lufwanyama-Lumpuma-Mukutuma road due to unnecessary delays.

ZANIS reports that Mr. Matambo said year in year government has been grading rural roads in the province adding that tarring them will be the only solution.

Mr. Matambo was speaking during the Chibwelamushi traditional ceremony at Chief Lumpuma’s Chilomonkobo palace in Lufwanyama that government is also considering to tar Kalengwa road using the Public Private Partnership-PPP model.

Mr. Matambo said taring Kalengwa road will create the shortest distance to North Western province via Kasempa district .

He has also assured the Lamba – Lima royal council that the ministry of science and technology will soon erecting a network in Lumpuma chiefdom to enhance connectivity. 

“ President Hakainde Hichilema attaches great importance to traditional ceremonies which he added are key drivers of sustainable development, “ he said.

Mr. Matambo stated government is however, concerned with continued succession disputes that have rocked many chiefdoms.

Mr. Matambo said succession wrangles are negatively affecting development because most of the time people are quarreling at the expense of development.

Earlier, the Lamba- Lima Royal Council of chiefs bemoaned the poor state of roads in rural parts of the Copperbelt.

Lamba-Lima Royal Council of chiefs vice Chairperson, Chief Machiya said government should prioritise working on the roads to allow smooth transportation of agricultural products.