Chingola deputy mayor demands road rehab report

From NKWETO MFULA in Chingola
CHINGOLA  deputy mayor Vilango Nyirenda has directed town clerk George Mulenga to submit a detailed report of what has delayed the rehabilitation of 23.5 kilometers of township roads in the district.
This follows persistent concerns by councillors on delays to upgrade the road network in the district compared to other towns in the mining Province.
Chingola deputy mayor Vilango Nyirenda directed Mr Mulenga to submit a report on the matter during the council’s extraordinary meeting on Monday.
“I direct the town clerk to give us a full detailed report on the matter as demanded by councillors,” Mr Nyirenda said.
And Mr Mulenga said he will issue a comprehensive statement on the matter after gathering facts.
“I need to gather facts concerning the rehabilitation of the road network in the district before submitting a report to councillors,” he said.
Mr Mulenga, however, said the Road Development Agency is yet to award the contract of the 23.5 km project, after it (agency) terminated the contract for Mivami construction Limited.
He said the contract for an additional 15 Km stretch has been awarded to Sino Hydro Limited, a contractor currently working on Kitwe-Chingola dual carriage way.
“What is remaining is for the contractor to mobilise and kick start the works,” he said.
Earlier, councillors in a heated debate expressed concerns over delays in the construction of township roads in the area.
Patriotic Front (PF) Kwacha ward councillor, Kennedy Sikambale said there is need for the local authority to inform the public on what has delayed construction of roads in the district.
“The public is craving for information on the delayed works on roads in this mining town,” he said.
Another councillor for Ipafu ward,  Elias Chitambala said information surrounding the rehabilitation of the road network in the district  should readily be available.
“This is a serious matter which should be dealt with the urgency it deserves,” Mr Chitambala said.
MMD Butungwa ward councilor, Derrick Chilundika said there is need to expedite works on roads in the district.
“People are interested in seeing works going on in the district,” Mr Chilundika said.

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