Senior Chief Kanong’esha of the Lunda people in Mwinilunga district is appealing to government to construct a concrete bridge on the Zambezi river which connects the west bank in Zambezi district.
Chief Kanong’esha, who is also North-Western Province House of Chiefs Chairperson, said Zambezi west bank has great potential for social and economic activities in various sectors such as agriculture and tourism due to its fertile land and the internationally recognized famous Likumbi Lya Mize traditional ceremony.
The traditional leader was speaking in an interview with Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Mwinilunga district today.
He observed that many lives have been lost on the Zambezi River as people from the west bank cross to the east bank to access social services using a pontoon and banana boats putting their lives at risk.
Senior Chief Kanong’esha said he is aware that a feasibility study was carried out by relevant authorities over the project but nothing has been done so far, adding that there is need to expedite the process.
Meanwhile Senior Chief Kanong’esha has welcomed President Michael Sata’s directive to the Ministry of Works and Supply to ensure that rehabilitation works on the Solwezi-Chingola road are speeded up.
He said the directive has come at the right time because the road has claimed a lot of lives due to its bad state.
The chief said the province is host to many giant mines that rely on the same road for transportation of minerals and appealed to government to accelerate the construction of a duo carriage way on the Solwezi-Chingola road which people in the province have been yearning for.