CHIMWEMWE MWALE, Solwezi
PRESIDENT Lungu says works to tar 21 kilometres of roads in Solwezi will soon start as the contractor is preparing to move on site.
Mr Lungu has also disclosed that he will officially launch works to improve the Solwezi-Chingola road, which has been a major source of concern among road users.
The President said this in Solwezi yesterday during a meeting with chiefs, who were led by Senior Chief Mumena of the Kaonde people.
â€œI am glad that the works will be supervised by special assistant for project monitoring and implementation Lucky Mulusa who has personal interest in the matter,â€ President Lungu said.
Mr Mulusa is the immediate past member of Parliament for Solwezi Central.
Mr Lungu said the Chingola-Solwezi road project was delayed by litigation but he is glad that they have since been resolved.
And the President observed that there was insufficient publicity on the on-going mobile issuance of national registration cards.
He directed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services to widely publicise the exercise to capture as many youths as possible, especially in rural areas.
President Lungu also said he will delegate Minister of Mines Christopher Yaluma to help resolve issues related to community participation in mining activities in Solwezi.
And Mr Lungu called for an amicable solution to succession wrangles among traditional leaders.
He said he will consult Chief Justice Irene Mambilima to find out why many court cases relating to succession wrangles delay in the courts of law.
President Lungu later toured markets and the central business district of Solwezi where business came to a stop as scores of residents gathered and jostled to catch a glimpse of him.
Mr Lungu also took time to console the family of Luka Musesa, a prominent local businessman popularly known as Chimutengo, who died recently.
And Senior Chief Mumena said the province is looking forward to infrastructure development, especially the rehabilitation of the Chingola-Solwezi road.
He said the number of road traffic accident deaths along the road is worrying and that improving the road â€œwill change the heart-beat of the people in the provinceâ€.
The traditional leader said chiefs are also looking for ways to effectively compliment Government programmes.
Senior Chief Mumena commended President Lungu for revising the mineral royalty tax regime, describing it as a brave decision.
He also praised Government for embarking on a countrywide national registration card issuance exercise.
He, however, called on the President to consider creating more districts in the province to help spur economic growth.
CHIMWEMWE MWALE, Solwezi