Works at Mwinilunga-Jimbe road cheers Government

GOVERNMENT is impressed with the progress on the construction of the 106 kilometre Mwinilunga-Jimbe road in North-Western Province.
Freca Mining and Construction Company, a local contractor, is working on the project estimated to cost US$106 million under a public private partnership (PPP) deal.
Ikeleng’e district commissioner Victor Kayekesi said in an interview yesterday the contractor had completed the bush clearing and would soon start grading and putting gravel on the road.
“I am happy to report that the contractor working on the Mwinilunga-Jimbe road so far in terms of bush clearing they have reached Jimbe border which is an achievement,” Mr Kayekesi said.
He said the accelerated works on the project had helped reduce the travel time between Mwinilunga and Ikeleng’e districts.
“Previously, we used to spend six hours driving from Mwinilunga to Ikeleng’e but now you are talking of 45 minutes you are already in Ikeleng’e,” Mr Kayekesi said.
He said the road once completed would open up Ikeleng’e to investment and create jobs for the local people.
“Already, we have a pineapple factory that was opened meaning there will be a lot of market for pineapples and more industries will come meaning we have created jobs for the people of Ikeleng’e,” he said.
Mr Kayekesi said he was happy with the workmanship on the project.
He said the construction of the Mwinilunga-Jimbe road had not only created job opportunities for the local people but also boosted business in the area as demand for accommodation and food stuffs had risen.


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