Senior Chief Nsokolo of Mbala district in Northern province has commended Republican President Michael Sata for securing funds from China to rehabilitate and upgrade the Mbala-Nakonde road.
In a statement availed to ZANIS by his Secretary for Press and Public Relations Jeff Kapembwa, Chief Nsokolo said he was elated by government’s gesture to upgrade the gravel road to Bitumen standard as it will accelerate development in both Mbala and Nakonde districts.
The Chief said the road will improve cross border trade between Zambia and Tanzania.
The 10 kilometer road was washed away by heavy rains forcing road users to use alternative routes to get to and from the two districts.
During his ongoing state visit to China, President Sata sanctioned and witnessed the signing of six agreements between Zambia and China including one in which China’s Export and Import Bank is expected to provide government with the loan facility to upgrade the Mbala-Nakonde road.
The agreements form part of China’s pledge to provide 20 Billion United States dollars credit line over the next three years to African countries, Zambia inclusive.
Meanwhile Senior Chief Nsokolo has joined other traditional and world leaders in mourning Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The Chief described Ms Thatcher as a selfless leader who pioneered the independence of Zimbabwe, adding that she was very instrumental in the fight against apartheid in South Africa.
Margaret Thatcher, 87, died on Monday April 8 after a stroke.