Mr Mubukwanu who admitted the deteriorating state of the road, said government has undertaken concrete steps and early this year signed a contract with Roads and Paving Zambia Limited for the execution of periodic maintenance works before permanent works could commence.
The Provincial Minister was speaking in Solwezi today during a press briefing at his office to clarify the facts to members of the general public on the issue concerning Solwezi-Chingola road.
Mr Mubukwanu said the contract, which was signed between the Road Development Agency (RDA) and Road Paving Zambia is funded by the National Road Fund Agency and will run up to March 5, 2014 adding that the scope of works include full reconstruction of 57 kilometres of selected section and pothole-patching.
He further stated that other works will be the slurry sealing of the entire road, shoulder reconstruction and widening, drainage works and a complete reconstruction of the MITECH Junction in Solwezi town before permanent works could commence.
Mr Mubukwanu said the contractor and consultant have fully mobilized on site, adding that the contractor is also surveying the alternative detour to be used at MITECH Junction in Solwezi town during the construction works.
He assured the people of the province that the Solwezi-Chingola road is receiving maximum attention and that government is committed to the development of the region.
Mr Mubukwanu’s statement comes in the wake of what he termed as misguided statements made by people who have chosen to misrepresent facts concerning the Solwezi-Chingola road citing the attempted protest march to Solwezi from Chingola by Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) Solwezi Central and Zambezi East Members of Parliament Lucky Mulusa and Sara Sayifwanda respectively over the bad state of the road in question.
The two opposition MPs protested at the PF neglect of North-Western province which is the current economic hub of the country in preference to Sata’s Muchinga province.