Plans to construct Mpata-Kalima Nkonde road underway
Lunga, July 6, ZANIS —Luapula constituency Member of Parliament Emerine Kabanshi says plans are underway to construct a road from Mpanta in Samfya district to Kalima Nkonde in Lunga district in order to easy transport problems faced between the two districts.
Ms Kabanshi who is also Local Government and Housing Minister said there is need to open up Lunga through road transport because there is no road to Lunga district hence the government’s plan to do a road from Mpanta in Samfya up to Kalima Nkonde in Lunga district.
She noted that the people of Lunga have been marginalised for too long resulting in a situation where some children in the area have never seen a vehicle as the area was not accessible to vehicles.
The Local Government and Housing Minister said once a road is done from Mpanta to Kalima Nkonde it would afford many children of Lunga to see how a vehicle looks like and also to have an opportunity to visit the mainland by road as opposed to the water ways which is the sole means of transport to and from the area currently.
She also said the removal of fuel subsidy did not affect the people of Lunga district in any way because no one owned a vehicle in Lunga as the area is not accessible to motor transport currently, adding that even the removal of subsidies on fertilizer did not affect the people there because no fertilizer is needed as people survive on rice and cassava.
Ms Kabanshi said the desire of the Unga people of Lunga district was that the funds redeemed from the removal of subsidies on fuel should be invested in deepening and clearing the water channels in the area to make their mobility more bearable.
She further said Lunga was a unique area and declaring it a district was a way of opening up the area and the people to joining the bigger Zambian family for development.