Government to rehabiliate East rural roads

Government says it will this year embark on the rehabilitation of rural roads in Eastern Province with Support from the Germany Government and World Bank.

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo, says the Germany government has agreed to fund the rehabilitation of some rural roads in the Province.

Mr. Kasolo says his office has also been discussing with Authorities at the World Bank to assist the province with funds to construct and rehabilitate more rural roads in the province adding that discussions have reached an advanced stage.

He says this is in an effort to ensure that all rural areas are accessible with good roads.

Mr. Kasolo says Eastern Province is an agro based area, needing a good road network for development to be sustained.

He was briefing a delegation from PAC, the Public Accounts Committee that is in the province to inspect road works.

PF maintains EL is 2021 pesidential candidate

Patriotic Front, PF Secretary General, Davies Mwila, has          re-emphasised that the party’s Presidential Candidate for 2021 elections is President Edgar Lungu.

Mr. Mwila says people, who may have ambitions for the Party Presidency must shelve them until 2026.

Mr. Mwila says there is an unwritten rule in politics that people must not challenge an incumbent President.

He says for this reason, he does not expect all loyal members of the PF Party to start causing trouble in the party, simply because they cannot withhold their ambitions.

Mr. Mwila added that the party will start countrywide elections for structures on July 1st 2018 and will build up to the General Conference in 2020.

He also mentioned that the Central Committee has resolved that people, who had stood as independent candidates and their supporters can go back to the party, but as ordinary members.

Speaking during a fundraising dinner in Kasama Saturday evening, Mr. Mwila says this is for purposes of discipline.


Road Development Agency explains poor works

The defects cited in the 2012/2015 Auditor General’s report on the 605 million kwacha Chipata-Vubwi road works where due to soil type.

Road Development Agency RDA, Chief Executive Officer, Elias Mwape says the road holds well in areas where cement is mixed with smooth soil than where cement is mixed with rocky or sandy soils.

He stated that the crumbling cores on some parts of the road came up because the composition of materials was not uniform.

Mr. Mwape was speaking yesterday when the Public Accounts Committee, PAC consisting mainly of opposition members of parliament toured part of the road.

The committee took to task authorities from RDA and Ng’andu Consultant to explain why part of the road has developed defects.

And France Blookhus from Ngandu Consultant says the contractor, China Jiangxi is using the same quantity of mixture of cement and soil on the base layer of the road before putting bitumen to make it durable.

And PAC Chairperson, Cornelius Mweetwa says inspection of the road has revealed that the contractor, China Jiangxi is doing a good Job despite few defects.

Mr. Mweetwa however, urged the contractor to ensure that defects on some culvert tranches that have not been well levelled and crumbling cores on few stretches of the road are amended.

Mr. Mweetwa also urged government to quickly release money for the contractor to continue working because only 136 million Kwacha has been paid to the contractor out of 605 million kwacha.

And National Road Fund Agency, NRFA Manager for monitoring and evaluation, Alinani Musishya says materials used to compact soil on the Chipata-Vubwi road are of good quality to hold the road.