THE Civil Society for Poverty Reduction says government must quickly work on the dilapidated Mazabuka -Ten Park stretch. In an interview, CSPR vice board chairperson Partner Siabutuba said it was unacceptable for the PF government to wait for 2021 election period to rehabilitate the road.
“Government must quickly work on the dilapidated Mazabuka -Ten Park stretch because a good road network is an essential component of economic activities,” he said.
Siabutuba said elections, as well as political based development, were prone to corruption which result in poor workmanship and a drain to national resources. He pointed out that it was immoral for government to continue collecting toll fees from motorists when it had no intentions of providing quality roads.
Siabutuba said the state of the Kafue-Mazabuka road could negatively affect trade and as well as businesses if nothing was done quickly to address the challenge. He noted that people were taking too long to move goods and services because of the pathetic state of the road.
“It is unacceptable that people must be taking 12 hours from Lusaka to Livingstone. As CSPR, we challenge the PF government to fix the Ten Park-Mazabuka road if they are committed to enhancing local commercial activities and improve the welfare of citizens. The Great South road is an economic road and very important for Zambia’s international trade,” he said.
Siabutuba said the development was slowing down the wheels of local economic activity as well as causing poverty.