–Government is impressed with the construction works on the K371 million 82 kilometre stretch of the Matumbo-Chama Road linking Northern, Muchinga and Eastern provinces.
Muchinga Province Deputy Permanent Secretary, Devy Chanda, who inspected the works yesterday, says he is happy with the works done so far.
Mr Chanda said government is in a hurry to deliver development to the people of Zambia and would like all the contractors engaged to do various works to ensure that they carry out the works within the specified time frame.
He has since commended the contractor – China Civil – for the good works.
China Civil works foreman, Denis Mwape, told Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in an interview that a total of 17 km has so far been tarred on the first stretch of the road covering a distance of 30 km from Chama boma to Muyombe / Lundazi junction.
Mr Mwape said works are progressing well and would be completed on time.
Works on the other portion from Chama boma to Luangwa River, covering a distance of 42 km, have also commenced.
Meanwhile, Muchinga Province Deputy Permanent Secretary, Devy Chanda, has directed China Civil management to ensure that it gives all its workers working protective clothing.
The visibly annoyed DPS said he was not happy to find workers working on the road without protective clothing.
He said it is very expensive to compensate workers who get injured because they have no protective clothes, adding that China Civil should ensure that it provides protective clothes to all of its workers.
Works on the entire stretch of 82 km are expected to be complete by January 9 next year.
And Mr Chanda, who is accompanied by Provincial Rural Roads Unit (RRU) Provincial Engineer, Frederick Chikoti and Provincial Chief Affairs Officer, Danfold Munjile, has disclosed that government has made progress in engaging a contractor to construct a bridge across the Luangwa River.
Meanwhile, Senior Chief Kambombo of the Senga people of Chama has paid glowing
tribute to government for embarking on the construction of roads in the country.
Chief Kambombo said the construction of the Chama /Matumbo Road, which is part of the 8,000 km Link Zambia Project under the Roads Development Agency (RDA), will open up the district to development once completed.
Upgrading of the road under Lot 2 of the stretch of 115 km from Matumbo to Luangwa Rive at a cost of K399 million being undertaken by China Jiangxi Limited, is also progressing well with over 30 km tarred so far.