– The deputy minister for Works and Supply Mwimba Malama has advised councils in the northern province to consider buying additional earth moving equipment to expedite road works in the area.
Mr Malama gave the advice yesterday in Chief Mukupa Katandula’s area when irate villagers of Munkonto village besieged him demanding an explanation as to why works on the Nkosa via Mukubwe bridge to Nsama district road have stalled.
He agreed with the villagers cry over the work stoppage of a K2 billion road project funded by the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit had stalled.
The project once complete will grade, compact and install culverts on river crossings along the road.
Mr. Malama sympathized with the people that adding that it was the desire of the government to see many rural areas open up through construction and rehabilitation of roads.
He learnt that the works could not continue because the Rural Roads Unit and the Zambia National Service only have functional excavator.
The deputy minster expressed worry that both Muchinga and Northern Provinces depend on one excavator to do all the road works.
And speaking on behalf of the irate villagers Chanda Mutale said that people of the area will not allow government resources go to waste.
The deputy minister is on a tour of road projects in Northern and Muchinga provinces.