By John Ndhlovu
THE Zambia National Service (ZNS) has procured four brand new pieces of Caterpillar heavy duty earth-moving machinery at a total cost of K1.5 million from Barloworld Zambia for the construction of feeder roads across the country
The road construction equipment comprising a bulldozer, two motor graders and a backhoe loader have been procured using ZNS internally generated resources to beef up the fleet of equipment that the Government bought for service in 2015.
The equipment has been procured to construct 10,000 km of primary feeder roads across the country.
ZNS deputy commandant and chief of staff, Major General Alick Kamiji, said during the commissioning of the equipment yesterday that the service had embarked on a deliberate programme of re-investing part of its resources in procuring new equipment to complement the existing fleet in order to accomplish Government’s assignments of constructing rural roads.
“Looking at the magnitude of work that the ZNS has been tasked to undertake and the equipment holding on the ground, we have realized the urgent need to complement Government efforts by directing a percentage of our internally generated resources towards a systematic purchase of additional equipment in order to deliver the 10,000 km road network within the set time frame,” Maj Gen Kamiji said.
Maj Gen Kamiji called on Barloworld management to adhere to the after-sale service schedule and ensure that the technological knowhow of the machines was transferred to the ZNS operators if the service was to derive maximum benefit from the purchase of the new equipment.
And Barloworld Zambia Limited sales manager, George Ngolwe, said his company was ready to partner with the Zambia National Service in providing durable equipment and reliable after-sales services to the benefit of both institutions.
Last year the Government directed the Zambia National Service to construct close to 10,000 kilometers of feeder roads across the country in a period of four years.