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‘Opposition doing TikTok, we are delivering projects,’ Hichilema says as $31m Chingola-Kasumbalesa road commissioned


President Hakainde Hichilema has commissioned the Chingola-Kasumbalesa road project constructed under the Public Private Partnership (PPP).

He said on Friday, in Chililabombwe, that
the road project had opened up the Copperbelt for business with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) .

President Hichilema wondered why people accused him of failure to fulfil promises when he was busy delivering and commissioning projects of economic importance.

“We are delivering, others are busy with ‘TikTok – tiktok’, too much talking that we are not delivering development despite the commissioning we are doing,” President Hichilema said.

He urged Zambians to believe in his leadership as his  government deliver development.

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Finance and National Development Minister, Situmbeko, described the execution of the project through PPP as innovative.

“Chingola Kasumbalesa road is the first road project being financed through PPP and the government will be getting part of the toll fees, this is an innovative way of delivering projects of this nature,” Musokotwane said.

Copperbelt Minister, Elias Matambo, said the road project would ease trade and movement of people in the area.

“This project brings a lot of economic benefits to transporters and cross border traders that frequent the Copperbelt,” Matambo said.

Workers Compensation Fund Control Board chairperson, Emmanuel Mbambiko, said the board would continue investing in Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) projects to create economic value.

“We would like to thank government for creating an enabling environment for private partnerships to thrive as the board we will continue investing in projects that creates economic value,” Mbambiko said.

The 35 kilometres road project was executed by Chinese conglomerate Avic International at the cost of US$31 million.

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