KAFUE member of parliament Mirriam Chonya has called on the government to reduce the number of roadblocks on the Kafue-Lusaka road. Speaking during a fundraising dinner dance organised by the newly upgraded Kafue General Hospital at Kafue ZNS Officer’s Mess on Saturday, Chonya urged the government to do away with some of the roadblocks between Lusaka and Kafue saying they were unnecessary.
She observed that motorists and daily commuters were being inconvenienced by the more than three roadblocks that were mounted between Lusaka and Kafue.
“Then plus the toll gate plaza in Shimabala, this lengthens a 45-minute journey to two hours,” Chonya said.
She further observed that the system of the Frequent User Discount (FUD) designed for Kafue residents had not given the local motorists much relief and appealed to government to consider a more affordable and constant fee.
“Motorists under the current system have to pay up to K200 before they can qualify for a User Discount of K10 per day. The people of Kafue are cooperative and do support government when it comes to developmental projects. They equally expect government to listen and reciprocate when they cry out. Right now, the issues of the toll gates and roadblocks are causing a strain on the people who are going to Lusaka to earn some money that helps to boost our local economy. We hope government looks into these issues urgently,”
said Chonya who also donated some physiotherapy equipment to the hospital and K10, 000 cash.
And officiating at the event, Lusaka Province minister Japhen Mwakalombe called on all Zambians to familiarise themselves with the Seventh National Development Plan in order to appreciate what government had put in place in terms of its development agenda.
He also pledged K10, 000 in his personal capacity to support the hospital. Other cash donations and service pledges were made by individuals and the local business houses in Kafue. Well-wishers from Chongwe also donated five wheelchairs. Earlier, organising committee chairperson Daniel Zyambo, who is also Lions Club Zambian Chapter president, thanked all the people who supported the cause and pledged to link the institution to other hospitals around the world, particularly in India.
Over K80,000 was raised during the event.