Road works on a 15 kilometre stretch of the Great East Road have stalled for more than 10 days.
This has raised concerns among motorists, who have demanded for an explanation from RDA, the Road Development Agency on the matter.
Speaking to Breeze News, the motorists say that the stretch between Sinda and Petauke districts is not being worked forcing them to use a detour, which is in a bad state.
And Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo has attributed the stalling of the road works to delays in concluding an agreement between the contractor, RDA and Africa Development Bank.
Mr. Kasolo says that according to the agreement of the contract, Condrill Construction Company was given room to renegotiate terms of the agreement.
He explained that Condrill Construction Company is renegotiating the payment agreement so that it can be paid in US dollars instead of kwacha.
Mr. Kasolo says that works on the stretch, which has already recorded two accidents in the last two weeks, will resume immediately the agreement is concluded.