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State keen to complete works, says Mukanga

THE newly-commissioned 14.8 megawatts Lunzua Hydro-Power Station in Mpulungu. PICTURE: JEAN MANDELA

GOVERNMENT is determined to complete most infrastructure projects by mid-next year, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga has said.
The minister said in an interview that it is unfortunate that some people are insinuating that Government is not implementing development projects in regions where people voted the opposition.
He said Government is committed to developing all parts of the country regardless of the voting pattern.
“We are the government in power and our mandate is to develop the country and not regionalise the development,” Mr Mukanga said.
He cited Link Zambia 8000 and Pave Zambia 2000 as road projects that Government is implementing countrywide.
He also said the Kazungula Bridge project is on course and the contractor will soon start the works.
“We are still on course. We had a few challenges but we overcame those challenges. So, there is now commitment to also undertake the Kazungula project.
“The challenge we initially had was that the funding was coming from the Japanese. They wanted to direct us on which contractor to pick, but we thought we should be prudent to follow the rules of the game. That is why we came up with the current Korean,” Mr Mukanga said.
The minister added: “The project will be done within the time frame that we announced. Nothing has changed as far as I am concerned,” he said.

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