Daily Nation Newspaper - - Home News - By JOHN KOMBE

GOV­ERN­MENT is soon to con­struct a road to Chongwe’s Nakatindi Ward, the first ac­cess road to the hard-to- reach area in his­tory, says coun­cil­lor Evans M'hambi.

Mr M'hambi, who is also Chongwe Deputy Mayor, said in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day that the road would help to open up the area for de­vel­op­ment.

"The res­i­dents have had to nav­i­gate through im­pass­able routes and Mikango Army Bar­racks which have strict se­cu­rity checks, this has been very dif­fi­cult and has greatly hin­dered de­vel­op­ment.

The road will be con­structed by Zam­bia Na­tional Ser­vice (ZNS) who are sched­uled to move on site soon. The pro­ject is al­ready funded and it will take off soon. This will help to change the face of the ward,” Mr M’hambi said.

“This is a farm­ing area which was fast- grow­ing and yet the road net­work was one daunt­ing prob­lem.

De­vel­op­ment can only thrive in an area with good roads and so this road will help to spur eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties.

The peo­ple who have come to the area to ven­ture into agri­cul­ture have faced great chal­lenges. Some have opted to leave or down-scale their ac­tiv­i­ties.

This has re­ally af­fected the de­vel­op­ment in the ru­ral com­mu­nity,” he said.

He thanked Gov­ern­ment for lis­ten­ing to the cries of the peo­ple by fund­ing the con­struc­tion of the road which would be a great re­lief to the peo­ple who were also de­lighted at the new de­vel­op­ment.

He also thanked Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Japhen Mwakalombe and Mayor Ge­of­frey Chumbwe for suc­cess­fully lob­by­ing for the road. "

A good road net­work is crit­i­cal in this agri­cul­tural area. Our farm­ers can­not eas­ily trans­port their pro­duce to the mar­kets if the road net­work re­mained un­de­vel­oped. The road, once com­pleted, would greatly en­hance agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­ity" he said.

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