Acting President Guy Scott has commissioned the construction of the Monze-Niko Road at a cost of K250 million under the Link Zambia 800 project.
The 74 kilometres stretch will be upgraded from gravel to bituminous standard by a company called Unique Construction and Buildcom.
Dr. Scott braved the heavy rains that hit Monze to the delight of Monze residents who turned up at the historical Shamulwa Mamba in Monze district to witness the ground breaking ceremony.
Shamulwa Mamba is the place where the African National Congress (ANC) was re-launched in 1953 to spearhead the liberation struggle for the country.
Dr. Scott said the Monze-Niko Road will provide an important economic and social link that will open the area to development.
The Acting President said he was happy that the Patriotic Front (PF) administration has achieved what other regimes had failed to achieve.
Dr. Scott said the PF will be remembered for more than 100 years for the massive infrastructure development it has put up in the country in the last three years.
He urged the chiefs and members of parliament in the outlying areas to use the roads to bring prosperity to the people in the area.
And speaking at the same occasion, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga said his ministry will closely supervise the project to ensure it is completed by the end of 2015.
Mr. Mukanga said the road will provide the much needed connectivity between Monze and Namwala and ease the movement of people and transportation of agriculture produce.
The Minister said government is working hard to connect all provincial centres through the link Zambia 800 project.
And Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe commended government for embarking on the road project that will better the lives of the people in the area.