Nakonde-Chinsali roadworks fund ready

GOVERNMENT has secured US$280 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the rehabilitation of the 210 kilometres Nakonde-Chinsali road, in Muchinga Province, which is in a deplorable state.

Government last year signed an agreement with the AfDB for the financing of the road works on the Chinsali-Nakonde road, which links Zambia to Tanzania.
Muchinga Province permanent secretary Bright Nundwe said in an interview yesterday that the money for the road project has been secured and the works will soon start.
Mr Nundwe said road agencies are still working on the design of the road and that once they finish the works, the implementation of the project will start.
“The rehabilitation of the Chinsali-Nakonde road has been in a pipeline for sometime now but we are happy to announce that we have secured the finances for the road project,” he said.
Mr Nundwe said the Chinsali-Nakonde road is of economic importance to the country because it links Zambia to the neighbouring Tanzania.
He said the road will help to boost economic activities in the province because it will facilitate for the smooth trade of goods and services between Zambia and Tanzania.
Meanwhile, Mr Nundwe said Government is also rehabilitating township roads in Mpika, Isoka and Nakonde to improve the road network in the respective districts.
He said Government wants to ensure that the newly created province has a good road network to improve the economic well-being of the people.
Mr Nundwe said the people of Muchinga are happy with the massive infrastructure that Government is establishing in the province to improve their lives.
He said Government is building schools, universities and health facilities in the province to improve the lives of the people.
Mr Nundwe said Government is also building provincial administrative offices in Chinsali to ensure that civil servants that administer Government programmes operate in a conducive environment.


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