United Party for National Development (UPND) Solwezi East Member of Parliament Leaky Kintu wonders why the Patriotic Front(PF) Government is in a hurry, putting together resources to construct Ndola-Lusaka dual carriageway while Kipushi-Solwezi Road, a budgeted for project is pending.
Speaking in an interview with Kitwe Times, Kintu said it is arbitrary for the PF government to focus their attention on the costly Ndola-Lusaka dual carriageway whereas the Kipushi road which connects Zambia to the Democratic Republic of Congo is given a deaf ear.
Kintu said the road could have been worked on by now because it was budgeted for in the previous budget.
He described the state of the road as deplorable and wondered how it will be in the coming rainy season.
“The Kipushi-Solwezi road has not been tarred, yet they are paying attention on the Ndola-Lusaka dual carriageway which we did not know about and that road is not economical. Talk of connecting from Kipushi to Solwezi and Kipushi to Lubumbashi is just 130 kilometers. So you find that if Kipushi road is done, you are going to decongest Kasumbalesa and many people will start trading in Kipushi than what is obtaining now,” the law-maker explained.