A Chinese firm is mobilizing on-site in Northwestern province after the enterprise has been awarded a 22 million dollars (an equivalent of 400 million Kwacha local currency) contract to work on Mushindamo road that links Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through Kipushi border, a Zambian government official said here on Saturday.
The Mushindamo gravel international road will be upgraded from gravel to bituminous level.
Nathaniel Mubukwanu, Northwestern Province minister, said the Chinese firm, China State Construction Engineering Corporation was on the ground mobilizing to commerce works after the 2019/2020 rain season.
Mubukwanu said in an interview with Xinhua that the Mushindamo road was important infrastructure which will contribute positively towards the economic growth of Zambia.
And Mushindamo District Commissioner Emmanuel Chihili said the roads will bring about development in Mushindamo district.
“During the rainy season the area is impassable, resulting in schoolchildren at Mushindamo Girls Technical High School at times being airlifted to and from school,” he recalled.
He said most trucks delivering goods to DRC got stake on the roads for weeks as it become impossible to drive through the gravel road. Enditem