VIOLET MENGO, Lusaka
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says Government is disturbed by the quality of some roads under construction because they appear to have short lifespans.
And Mrs Wina has challenged Patriotic Front (PF) members to explain to the people the power deficit and other economic challenges that the country is experiencing.
Mrs Wina challenged contractors to build roads with long lifespans.
â€œGovernment is spending colossal sums of money on road infrastructure. It is important for construction companies in Zambia to pay attention when making the roads,â€ Mrs Wina said.
The Vice-President was speaking in Lusaka yesterday when she inspected Burma Road, which has been upgraded into a dual carriageway.
She said Government is interested in seeing strong permanent roads being constructed.
Mrs Wina hoped Burma Road stands the test of time.
And Mrs Wina said Government has engaged the Zambia National Service (ZNS) to rehabilitate all feeder roads across the country.
Mrs Wina, however, directed the Road Development Agency (RDA) to monitor the feeder road projects under ZNS.
Meanwhile, Mrs Wina has directed construction companies to employ youths.
Mrs Wina said the PF is anchored on job creation and empowering the youth is crucial in line with the partyâ€™s manifesto.
She said Government is determined to remove young people from the streets through creation of employment opportunities.
And RDA senior manager public relations Loyce Saili said Avic International Construction Company has done 150 kilometres of the 405-kilometre roads under the L400 project.
Consultant engineer Mususeni Mumba said the road works will cost US$105 million.
Mr Mumba, who is Iliso Construction Company director, said road markings, street lights and walkways are included on all roads in the project.
Mrs Wina was accompanied by Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice-President Stephen Kampyongo, senior government and PF officials.
And Mrs Wina said Zambia is not the only country with a power deficit and that other countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region are affected.
Mrs Wina, who is PF vice-president, said Government is seriously addressing the economic challenges for the benefit of the people.
She was speaking when she addressed PF Lusaka Province interim party officials and members at Kabwata welfare hall.
The Vice-President said the opposition leaders would take advantage of the situation and make mileage from the economic challenges the country is experiencing such as massive load shedding, depreciation of the Kwacha and the low copper prices.
â€œMy message to you is to explain the economic challenges to the people. Tell them about the load shedding, our currency, the copper pricesâ€¦problems, I assure you that Government is not sitting idly by but addressing them,â€ Mrs Wina said.
VIOLET MENGO, Lusaka