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RDA awards deals for highways

KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
THE Road Development Agency (RDA) has awarded contracts to three companies to redesign and construct the Chingola-Solwezi and Chingola-Chililabombwe highways.
RDA director and chief executive officer Kanyuka Mumba said on Wednesday that the three contractors will move on site this month.
He said the Chingola-Solwezi road will be redesigned into a dual carriageway continuing from the Kitwe-Chingola road, which has been upgraded into a dual carriageway.
Mr Mumba also said RDA has decided to redesign the Chingola-Chililabombwe road into a dual carriageway to ease traffic congestion between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Speaking during a public meeting on Wednesday, Mr Mumba said RDA is ashamed of the state of the Solwezi-Chingola road.
“We don’t take pride looking at that road. We are going to take action as RDA and you will see action being done around April,” Mr Mumba said.
He also said the Chingola-Solwezi road has deteriorated fast due to heavy traffic leading to and from the mines.
Meanwhile, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga said Government is not happy with the state of some roads.
He is particularly unhappy about the state of Chingola-Solwezi road.
“This is why we lost elections in North-Western Province because of that road, so as Government we are looking forward to completing that road,” Mr Mukanga said.

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