BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi
SOLWEZI Central member of Parliament Stafford Mulusa has commended Government for engaging contractors to reconstruct the 168 kilometre Chingola-Solwezi road where the works are progressing well.
Mr Mulusa, who is United Party for National Development (UPND) legislator, said Government must be commended for showing commitment to reconstructing the road because of its economic value.
He said this yesterday when he featured on a live phone-in programme on Solwezi FCC radio dubbed ‘The Agenda’.
“If the PF government has done something good, just praise it. You know during elections, our campaigns were based on infrastructure in Solwezi and critical on the agenda was the Solwezi-Chingola road. I am glad that we have engaged the government and today the road is being worked on,” Mr Mulusa said.
Mr Mulusa said he is equally impressed with the pace at which the works on the road are being done and commended the contractors for the good workmanship.
He also thanked the government for allocating adequate resources to the road project to ensure that it is successfully implemented.
Mr Mulusa, however, expressed concern about the poor state of township roads in Solwezi.
He said it is disheartening that the project to tar selected township roads in the district has not yet started despite the works being launched by President Lungu in 2015.
“We were very expectant that by this time, our township roads could have been worked on,” he said.
Mr Mulusa said he will engage the government to ensure that the tarring of township roads in Solwezi is done.
And Mr Mulusa has described the 30-day suspension of some UPND lawmakers by Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini as democratic.
“It was okay in a democratic society like Zambia, you expect such things to happen. We were suspended but we are back in Parliament,” Mr Mulusa said.
He also appealed to people to offer constructive and objective criticism to the government.