President Edgar Lungu has taken a lot of bashing from various quarters of society. The bashing has been so bad that even at times he has got things right he still has to find himself squeezed in a corner.
But President Lungu could take some pride from the footprint his mega infrastructural development push is leaving. It could eventually be his enduring legacy.
Never mind that his critics have been on his case for the cost of these enormous developmental projects.
Who could honestly have a problem with the 289 million United States Dollars road project to de-congest Lusaka?
Do not people perpetually whine about how congested the Lusaka roads are? Did not late President Michael Sata immortalize his legacy by rendering his signature to major road projects across the country?
Unsurprisingly President Lungu, as an avowed custodian of continuing that legacy should hold firm on this path. It may not win him many friends but may have a lasting benefit to mother Zambia.
President Lungu has an opportunity to push for something that cuts across affiliation benefit. It could be a huge economic cost on the treasury especially with whispers of borrowing being a constant complaint by opposition aligned forces.
The project comes at the backdrop of other development projects like the L400. The project is expected to be completed in 36 months which is not too far from now.
The project will be funded by the Export and Import- EXIM Bank of India and the contractors being AFCOMS and Shapoorji Pallonji.
No doubt this project could rattle some critics but President Lungu should hold firm and see out this mega project.
After all just 27 kilometres from the city centre is another signature project of the expansion of the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. What better way to respond to critics than the mapping out a huge developmental trajectory.
The numbers may scare the wits out of some critics but ultimately if the project keeps to its terms there could be double joy for Zambia.