Traffic jam characterises Nakonde


Traffic in the border town of Muchinga Province has come to a halt for both light and heavy duty vehicles due to a damaged stretch of the road.
There were several buses destined for the Copperbelt and Lusaka that could not leave yesterday due to traffic congestion as a result of a bad portion of the road at Mayembe in Nakonde.

A clearing agent, Richard Sakala, told ZANIS this morning that about 20 buses, which could not leave Nakonde yesterday, have just started off following a partial clearing of the bad portion of the road.

Muchinga Deputy Permanent Secretary, Davie Chanda, who has been on the scene since yesterday, has assured the motorists that government through, a combined team of operations to control traffic flow, is working around the clock to normalize the situation.

Mr Chanda said the situation has been caused by a broken down Tanzanian trailer, coupled with the area being water logged.

The DPS said the situation has affected traffic flow into and out of the border town about 20km, causing traffic to come to a standstill.

Mr Chanda has since appealed to motorists using the Great North road not to panic, adding that the combined team is doing everything possible to recertify the situation before the end of today.

Speaking in a separate interview Road Development Agency (RDA) regional manager, Samuel Twasa, said the agency was currently doing emergency work to make the dilapidated
sports passable.

Mr Twasa said the RDA was trying by all means to patch up the destroyed part of the road so that traffic congestion is reduced.

The combined team of the operation working on the said stretch include, Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), Road Development Agency (RDA), Rural Roads Unit (RRU), the Police and RATSA among other stakeholders.