Livingstone - Sesheke road.

Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Hon. Charles Milupi has assured the nation that the Government will rehabilitate the damaged section along the Livingstone – Sesheke road.

Hon. Milupi said the road was important to Zambia’s economy especially that it was an international route which facilitated the flow of imports and exports.

He said the current state of the road had compelled transporters of goods and services to resort to using the Mongu – Lusaka road, thereby putting pressure on the road and the temporary bridge across the Kafue River.

The minister said this when he inspected the Livingstone – Sesheke road. He was accompanied by the RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Eng. George Manyele and senior Government officials.

Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Hon. Charles Milupi (second from left), RDA Chief Executive Officer Eng. George Manyele (immediate left), RDA Southern Province Regional Manager Eng. Emmanuel Kanguma and Ng’andu Consulting Project Manager Dr. Richard Kasongo during the inspection of the road.

Hon. Milupi further expressed sadness as to why the road was left to be in a bad state for a long time.

“No road should be allowed to deteriorate to the level of the current state of the Livingstone – Sesheke highway,” he said.

He said the road was likely to be considered for financing under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement because of its economic nature.

He said it was unfortunate that the previous administration boasted about undertaking massive infrastructure development when other key roads in the country had been left to deteriorate.

“The lesson from this is when you do a road, maintain it to ensure it lasts according to the desired lifespan,” Hon. Milupi said.

 

The Livingstone – Sesheke road.