Kabompo District calls for township new roads

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Kabompo District calls for township new roads

Kabompo, March 19, 2013, ZANIS — Kabompo District council secretary Francis Nkoma says his council has limited resources to commence repair works on all township roads in the area.

Mr. Nkoma says as much as the council was aware of the dilapidated roads and drainage system in the district,  the local authority has no financial capacity to work on them.

ZANIS reports from Kabompo District that the council secretary said this an interview, in Kabompo District, today.

Efforts to get Northwestern Province Permanent Secretary Augustine Seyuba to comment on the matter were unfruitful as his mobile phone was unreachable by broadcast time.

However , the District Secretary said his council has gone ahead despite the limited resources by unblock the drainage system using hoes, among other equipment.

“ This is still not effective considering the heavy rains the district is receiving, “ he said.

Most township roads are in poor state due to the run down drainage system and rehabilitating them would need additional funding from central government, he said.

He said the district needs to overhaul the drainage system if roads are to be rehabilitated.

Mr. Nkoma said the rehabilitation works done on the township roads by a Solwezi based contractor, Hillers were deplorable as most of the works have been damaged by the rains.

Township roads in Kabompo district were rehabilitated at the cost of Kr 107, 000 last year in November.

President Michael Sata last year in  September, launched the Link Zambia 8000 Project. The project is expected to  extend the classified and paved road networks in the country.

The aim is to link all provincial capitals and open up the country to investment, particularly in rural areas to enhance accessibility to markets.

Government has also  plans to pave about 2,000 kilometers of township roads using labour-intensive paving block and cobblestone technology.

This environmentally friendly and labour intensive technology will be piloted in 15 sites across the ten provinces, creating over 20,000 jobs.