|Kazungula pontoon to be replaced with a bridge soon|
President Banda has said the construction and designing of the Kazungula Bridge across the Zambezi is expected to commence by the end of next year.
President Banda explains that the construction of the Bridge which will start in 2011 will accelerate trade ties between Zambia and the entire southern region.
He said this during the official opening of the fifth session of the tenth National Assembly in Lusaka today.
Mr Banda said a good transport and communication network is vital for commerce and trade adding that infrastructure is critical to development.
He said that government has put emphasis on construction, maintenance and repair of the country’s physical infrastructure.
The President noted that the repair and upgrading of roads throughout the country is progressing well and that key roads being upgraded or constructed include Serenje- Mansa , Mutanda – Zambezi –Chavuma, Choma Namwala, Chipata - Lundanzi and Chipata- Mufwe.
And other roads to be completed next year include Kasama –Luwingu , Kabompo-Chavuma , Senanga –Sheseke , and the renewal of the Great east road from Luangwa bridge to Mwami border and the construction of Mongu –Kalabo.
Meanwhile government says it will remain committed to fully implementing the National decentralization policy, and that government has also approved the decentralization implementation plan (DIP) for 2010-2013.
President Banda called on all stakeholders identified in the plan to support government in implementing this important programme.
He however noted that government has enacted legislation to allow for the re-introduction of the local government service Commission to ensure that qualified staff are employed in councils.
President Banda noted that government is continuing efforts to develop infrastructure and enhance service delivery at Local level.