Government has signed a concession agreement with Jaswin Ports Limited Consortium to develop 61 kilometres of the Mufulira-Sakania-Ndola Road under Public – Private Partnership Project – PPP.
This Public – Private Partnership Project has been procured at a total cost of US$ 76,129,229.48 and is for a period of 22-years inclusive of the three (3) years for construction works.
The project is a design, finance, build, operate, maintain and transfer of the road and associated border infrastructure.
Speaking during the signing ceremony in Mufulira, Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Hon. Eng. Charles Milupi said the project scope includes roads construction cost at US$ 27.2 million, bridges and crossing points at US$ 1.1 million, Sakania border post infrastructure construction at US$19.8 million and Integrated transport information system and instrumentation at US$ 6.3 million.
Hon. Milupi added that inn 2015, the Patriotic Front Government and Inyatsi roads Zambia limited signed a contract for the upgrading of 79.8 kilometres Ndola – Mufulira – Mokambo roads at a contract sum of ZMW 745, 358,424.21 in July, 2015. A total of ZMW 325,953,580.97 was paid on this contract before the contract was terminated in 2022 on account of poor performance.
“What we are witnessing is practical steps by the New Dawn Government to deliver infrastructure using Public – Private Partnership financing model, away from the National Treasury. This will help free up National resources for use in other National programmes, including the provision of free Education and critical Health services for all” Hon. Milupi said.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Copperbelt Province Minister Hon. Elisha Matambo and Members of Parliament for Chingola Central Hon. Chipoka Mulenga, Chifubu MP Lloyd Busha, Mufulira MP Hon. Golden Mwila, Kankoyo MP Hon. Heartson Mabeta and Hon. Anthony Mumba of Kantanshi. Others were Members of the PPP Council.