PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says the newly constructed Mbala-Nakonde road will promote trade between Zambia and surrounding countries as it will provide the much needed connectivity.
President Lungu said this in Nakonde yesterday when he commissioned the 171kilometre stretch valued at US $180 million which was started in 2011.
He said Government had placed a high premium on infrastructure development particularly in the construction of roads through the Link Zambia 8000 project because it believed that the road sector was a catalyst to national development.
He noted that Zambia could not attain meaningful development in sectors such as agriculture, tourism, trade and commerce without a good road network adding that the road will boost agriculture in Muchinga and Northern provinces.
“The Mbala-Nakonde road, which is part of the Karonga corridor, will also promote trade between Zambia and her neighbours such as Tanzania and Malawi, including countries beyond such as Rwanda and Burundi through the Mpulungu Harbour.
“Without good roads, Zambia cannot boast of the development of other sectors such as agriculture, tourism, trade and commerce. My government is working at improving these other economic sectors in order to reduce the country’s over-dependence on mining,” President Lungu said.
He said government was spending huge sums of money to consruct roads adding that it was prudent for Zambians to safeguard the infrastructure from vandalism.
He appealed to traditional leaders to play a key role in sensitizing their subjects on the importance of protecting national infrastructure.
“I wish to implore all he people living along this road and all road users to desist from engaging in acts of vandalism which we have sadly witnessed in other parts of the country.
“I wish to urge traditional leaders and Residence Development Committees (RDCs) to be vigilant and sensitize your communities against such vices. As citizens and road users, we must report persons found vandalizing road infrastructure to the police,” he said.
And speaking at the same function Works and Supply Minister Yamfwa Mukanga said the Patriotic Front (PF) government was not interested in cheap politicking but will continued to deliver developmental projects according to its promises and the expectation of Zambians.