He stated on his Facebook page today that the projects include the rehabilitation of 238 kilometres of the Serenje-Mpika road, upgrading of the 225 kilometre Kasela-Kaona road, rehabilitation of the Beit bridge and re-developing “Misisi and Chibolya unplanned settlements”.
“The four projects include: 1. Rehabilitating 238 kilometres of the Serenje –Mpika road, which forms part of the North-East corridor, linking Zambia to the port of Dar es salaam in Tanzania; 2. Upgrading the 225 kilometre Kasela–Kaona road, which links the mineral–rich North Western Province in Zambia, to the ports in Wavis Bay in Namibia and Durban in South Africa; 3. Rehabilitating the Beit bridge which links Zambia to Zimbabwe, and 4. Re-developing ‘Misisi and Chibolya unplanned settlements’ located on prime land within 1.5 kilometres of the central business district in Lusaka city,” President Lungu stated.
The President stated that he is optimistic that the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development will positively consider the requests to finance the projects.
“The abovementioned road and Chirundu bridge projects are important undertakings because, in their current state today, this infrastructure serves as constraints to economic diversification and job creation instead of [being] facilitators. The inadequate levels and low quality of this infrastructure only leads to low economic activity and high production costs, leading to low competitiveness for our economy at regional, continental and global levels,” he stated.
On the Misisi-Chibolya settlement plan, President Lungu stated that factors resulting from overcrowding exacerbate environmental degradation and diseases such as cholera.
He stated that his government’s endeavor to re-develop Misisi and Chibolya unplanned settlements is to address the negative effects of unplanned settlements.
“Further, Misisi, Chibolya and other unplanned settlements are characterized by overcrowding, with most urban residents lacking adequate access to housing, energy, clean and safe drinking water, sanitation (solid waste management systems), transport services, quality health services, quality education and employment opportunities. These factors exacerbate environmental degradation and diseases such as cholera,” stated President Lungu. “This status quo is totally unacceptable. Thus, my Government’s endeavor to re-develop ‘Misisi and Chibolya unplanned settlements’ is to address the above-mentioned negative effects of unplanned settlements, and in that, meet the 7NDP overarching goal of; ‘accelerating development efforts towards Vision 2030 without leaving anyone behind.”