State funds Mpulungu bridge works

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Government has released K2.3 billion (KR2.3 million)  to go towards the construction of three bridges in Mpulungu district.

Mpulungu Member of  parliament Freedom Sikazwe has confirmed the development to ZANIS in Mpulungu.

Mr Sikazwe said the money will be channelled towards the construction of Kaizya, Mwense and Kapata bridges.

He said the three bridges once constructed will lessen the difficulties that the in the respective areas people have been facing in crossing the rivers.

Kaizya bridge which spans over 20 meters has been a death trap especially for young school going children who frequently drown in an attempt to cross to get to the school located on the other side of Lunzuwa river.

Mr Sikazwe said the construction of the three bridges have been funded  through the National Roads Fund Authority (NRFA)

He said the construction works were likely to begin soon.

And in a related development the construction of the 14 kilometer township roads in Mpulungu has started.

A check this morning found the contractor China Geo (CGC) busy grading some sections of the township roads.

Government has planned to tar 14.2 kilometers of the township roads in Mpulungu.

Meanwhile,  Mr Sikazwe has reiterated that government will not rest until they find a solution to why residents have been queuing for mealie meal even when the commodity was in abundance in Mpulungu district.

He said this after visiting an outlet for Cereal Millers that had in the recent past witnessed long queues of customers waiting to buy mealie meal.

Mr Sikazwe said government was aware that some local businessmen had resorted to buying the commodity in bulk for export to neighbouring countries thereby creating an artificial shortage of the staple food in the area.

He advised other retailers and businessmen to abide by the presidential directive of selling a 25 kilo gram bag of breakfast mealie meal at K50.00

He said the local council will have to move in and revoke the trading licenses of those who were ignoring the presidential directive.

According to sources, a 25 kg bag of mealie meal which was selling at K51 in Mpulungu was also said to be going at K150 if smuggled to neighbouring Tanzania or Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mr Sikazwe has since directed the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and the Zambia Police to be on high alert and curb the smuggling of mealie meal.