GOVERNMENT under the Rural Roads Unit (RRU) has embarked on the rehabilitation of feeder roads in Mbala district.
And works on the construction of the 171.9km of the Mbala-Nakonde road are progressing well with the contractor CAMC Engineering company tarring a 39km stretch of the road.
Mbala district commissioner Modern Kabulembe said in an interview that the road projects are being undertaken in the chiefdoms of Mwamba and Nfwambo.
Mr Kabulembe said government dispatched machinery for the road works and released funds to be utilised during the projects.
“We want to ensure we construct feeder roads in the district. It is for this reason we have embarked on a programme to rehabilitate feeder roads in the two chiefdoms,” Mr Kabulembe said.
He said the roads in the two chiefdoms are of economic importance as they lead to farm blocks which are a hive of agricultural activities.
The district commissioner said most feeder roads in the district are impassable especially during the rainy season, making it difficult for government to implement its programmes.
Mr Kabulembe said the rehabilitation of the roads will assist farmers to easily transport their produce to the market.
He said it is government’s desire to see to it that people in rural areas have access to a good road network to improve economic activities.
Mr Kabulembe said people in Mbala are happy with works on the Mbala-Nakonde road, which he described as impressive.
He said works on the road are likely to be suspended soon due to heavy rains that have rocked the district.
Zambia Daily Mail