Harrington reacts to HH’s policy statement – QFM

William Harrington
William Harrington

Former Communication and Transport Minister William Harrington says the policy statement by UPND president Hakainde Hichilema that he will abolish the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) once elected republican President is a source of great concern.

Mr. Harrington who served under the late former President Frederick Chiluba’s government says by making such as a statement, Mr. Hichilema has shown that he did not research the background of how RTSA was formed.

In a walk-in interview with Qfm News, Mr. Harrington has recalled that RTSA, whose forerunner is the National Road Safety Council, is a culmination of a wide and protected consultative process undertaken in the early 1990s.

Mr. Harrington says the result of this consultative process is the formation of the Road Sector Reform programme launched after the Frederick Chiluba regime assumed office.

He says the consultative process involved the private sector, the donor community, road users and other stakeholders in the rector who eventually proposed the establishment of RTSA, the National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) and the Road Development Agency (RDA).

The Former Communication and Transport Minister has stated that this is why, while he shares the concern of Mr. Hichilema about the alleged rampant corruption in the road traffic sector, he believes the solution lies in addressing the problem of corruption.

Mr Harrington says he does not believe abolishing the RTSA as is being propounded by the UPND leader and Presidential aspirant is the solution.