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State to upgrade Mbala roads

TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka
PARLIAMENT on Tuesday heard that 20 kilometres of township roads are earmarked for upgrading in Mbala.
Deputy Minister of Local Government and Housing Nicholas Banda said the procurement for the upgrading of the roads are expected to start this year.
Mr Banda said this in response to a question from Mbala Central member of Parliament (MP) Mwalimu Simfukwe (MMD), who wanted to know the total number of kilometres of township roads earmarked for upgrading.
Mr Simfukwe also wanted to know when the works are expected to start and what the estimated costs of the works are.
Mr Banda said Government is expected to spend about K120 million.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Mwali Mutaba told Parliament that feasibility studies for the tarring of the Mpongwe-Machiya road and the construction of bridges on the same road across the Kafue and Luswishi rivers have been completed.
Dr Mwali said the feasibility studies took 24 months to be completed, adding that this cost Government over K7.8 million.
The deputy minister said this in response to a question from Mpongwe MP Gabriel Namulambe (PF), who wanted to know when feasibility studies for the tarring of the Mpongwe-Machiya road would be completed.
Mr Namulambe also wanted to know the time frame for completing the project.
And the Referendum (Amendment) Bill on Tuesday passed third reading in Parliament.
The bill seeks to amend the Referendum Act of 1967 so as to ensure its consistence with the constitution.


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