Sata orders for tarring of all Roads in Chongwe

Before electrifying the rural areas of Chongwe district as promised during the by-election in 2012, President Michael Sata has again today directed that all the roads be tarred in the area.

President Sata said his PF government was committed to develop road network in the country even when there were no impending elections.

He was speaking today, May 3, 2013 in Chongwe when he launched the 61km multi million Kwacha rebased Chalimbana-Lwimba-Katoba road project in Chongwe east of Lusaka.

The President said it was unacceptable that Chongwe which was just about 40kms from the Zambian capital can have deplorable Roads. He said the dusty coming from gravel roads was causing many people suffer from health complications.

President Sata directed the Road Development Agency (RDA) to ensure that all roads are tarred in Chongwe district.

The President explained that the Chongwe, Chalimbana Road project which  is part of the link Zambia 8,000 will open up the areas covered for investments. He said investors will only be attracted to do business in Zambia if the Road network is improved. The road will link Chongwe district through Kafue to Chirundu and Luangwa districts respectively.

President Sata also observed that there is need for Lusaka province to start developing towards the east so as to open up Chongwe to development.

The President also advised Chieftainess Nkomesha Mukamambo II who was at the ceremony to bring out any problem affecting the chiefdom to his government. He told the Chieftainess that his administration will be ready to respond to the problems raised in writing and addressed to the government.

And speaking earlier, Chieftainess Nkomesha Mukamambo II thanked President Sata for hearing the cries of the people of Chongwe concerning the upgrading of the Chalimbana-Lwimba-Katoba road.

The chieftainess disclosed that the people of Chongwe have for a long time been crying to have the Chalimbana-Lwimba-Katoba road upgraded and tarred.

The Chieftainess explained that she almost lost her title during Rupiah Banda’s MMD regime for demanding that government upgrades the road. She explained that the road was so important as many institutions of education are on the same road.

Chieftainess Nkomesha Mukamambo II said she has been calling for the tarring of the road for a long time now and she was grateful that her dream has come to a reality.

The chieftainess has since appealed to President Sata to continue hearing to the cries of many Zambians yearning for development in other parts of the country.

Lusaka Province Minister Freedom Sikazwe said the tarring of the Chalimbana-Lwimba-Katoba road will help enhance agriculture in the area. He said farmers will have easy access to the market due to the improved road network.