Kitwe roads re­hab to boost busi­ness

Daily Nation Newspaper - - KOPALA NEWS -

By ROGERS KALERO KING­STONE and Lan­gashe Roads are among those to be re­ha­bil­i­tated un­der the Phase one of the Zam­bia Town­ship Road project where 53km of roads will be re­ha­bil­i­tated in Kitwe.

Kitwe Mayor Christo­pher Kang'ombe said the coun­cil was presently meet­ing mar­ke­teers to agree on a num­ber of things be­fore the con­trac­tor moved on site to start road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion works on the two roads.

Mayor Kang'ombe said King­stone Road in par­tic­u­lar, would en­hance busi­ness at Chisokone mar­ket after be­ing re­ha­bil­i­tated.

“We have been given 53km un­der phase one of the Zam­bia Town­ship Roads project to be done by Avic In­ter­na­tional and one of the roads which can en­hance busi­ness at Chisokone mar­ket is King­stone Road. So cur­rently King­stone Road is one way be­cause both sides are be­ing used for trad­ing.

"So we had a meet­ing with traders from the Hard­ware sec­tion who trade on both sides of King­stone Road to ex­plain to them the im­por­tance of re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing that road," Mr Kang'ombe said.

Mr Kang'ombe said meet­ings be­tween the coun­cil and traders on the hard­ware sec­tion would con­tinue un­til they agree on the terms which would be put up be­fore the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the road starts.

"We want the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the King­stone Road to be owned by the traders trad­ing on the sides of King­stone road. If they don't want the road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to start now, it will not start.

“We can only com­mence the project after traders are happy with what will be hap­pen when the road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion works starts. We don't want them to com­plain there­fore, we are en­gag­ing them be­fore works can start.

“The Road will con­tinue to be One-way even after re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion works," He said.

And Mr Kang'ombe has said he will re­main fo­cused in the face of var­i­ous crit­i­cisms and al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against him be­cause he wanted the best for the City of Kitwe.

Mr Kang'ombe said he would not be dis­tracted by peo­ple ac­cus­ing him of all sorts of things, but that would re­main fo­cused to en­sure that the lo­cal au­thor­ity im­proved ser­vice de­liv­ery.

The Kitwe Mayor, who is also the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Zam­bia (LGAZ) Pres­i­dent and Pa­tri­otic Front (PF) Kitwe district chair­man has been ac­cused of self­ish­ness by fel­low coun­cilors.

The coun­cil­lors claim the mayor wants to have plots in all the 28 wards.

But, Mr Kang'ombe in­sisted that he would not be dis­tracted by in­di­vid­u­als say­ing bad things about him be­cause he was a fo­cused per­son.

“De­spite these al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against me, I will not be dis­tracted, but I will re­main fo­cused be­cause I want the best for Kitwe. Peo­ple will say all sorts be­cause they are en­ti­tled to their own opin­ions," Mr Kan­gombe said.

Bow­man Lusambo Mayor Kang'ombe

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