Zambia’s President Lungu Defends Investments In Road Works

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Friday defended his government’s decision to embark on massive road works across the country, saying it was necessary to enhance investments.

Lungu, who commissioned a newly-constructed flyover bridge in Lusaka, the country’s capital said; “Of course our critics have said, and they continue to campaign that we were reckless for having borrowed but they were shy to tell the people frankly how that money we borrowed had been used.’’

The Zambian leader said his government had prioritised investing money into improving the country’s road networks because of the benefits that would be realised.

According to him, investors will only come to Zambia if there is a proper road network.

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Lungu said that investors were not keen to put up factories in a country with a poor road network.

“Investors believe in efficiency and they do not want to spend hours on short distances due to bad roads,’’ he said.

He noted that with increased investments, the government would be able to create jobs for its citizens so that they contribute to the country’s development.

Lungu expressed gratitude that the transformation agenda of the country was being achieved through the infrastructure projects being put in place across the country.

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