—Southern Province Minister, Daniel Munkombwe, says the Patriotic Front (PF) government has started doing what other previous governments failed to accomplish.
And Mr Munkombwe has assured senior Chief Monze that the controversial Monze-Neiko road will soon be tarred by Government
Addressing village headmen at chief Monze’s palace in Monze district, Mr Munkombwe said the reconstruction of the Bottom road, which has been a cry of the people of the province since independence, has now become a reality under the Patriotic Front Government.
He told the meeting, which was also attended by senior chief Monze, that within few years of assuming office, the government of President Michael Sata has managed to honour its promise to work on the much-talked about Bottom road.
Mr Munkombwe said works on the roads have advanced and are impressive and that the contractor engaged by government is ahead of schedule.
He said government now wants to upgrade the Bottom road to bituminous standard to ensure the linkage of the valley districts of Siavonga, Gwembe, Sinazongwe and Kazungula is not only effective but becomes all-weather. The road runs parallel to Lake Kariba in the hilly terrain.
The minister said the people of the Gwembe valley will now have a sigh of relief after suffering for many years due to the bad state of the Bottom road which made the delivery of goods and social services impossible.
He said during his tour of Siavonga district last week, he was able to personally drive on the newly reconstructed Bottom road from Siavonga all the way to Chief Sinadambwe’s palace, a journey that was previously impossible.
Mr Munkombwe said chief Sindababamwe’s area’s was among areas most difficult to access and impossible to reach during the rainy season due to bad roads and damaged bridges along the Bottom road.
He challenged detractors of the PF government to visit Siavonga and see for themselves the current works on the new Bottom road.
And Mr Munkombwe has assured chief Monze that a contract for the tarrying of the Monze-Neiko road has already been signed.
He said President Sata has directed that the road be tarred and that a contractor would soon be on site to begin works.