According to the Times of Zambia, the Zambian Government awarded a ZMW 230 million joint contract to BuildCon Zambia Limited and Unikjve Construction for the upgrading of the Monze-Niko Road in Zambia’s Southern Province.
The 73-kilometre road project, which will be upgraded to bituminous standard, is expected to be flagged off by Zambia President Michael Sata on September 20th 2014.
Monze District Commissioner Biggie Mwiinde, who confirmed the news in an interview, said the contractors had already worked on a stretch of 35 kilometres of the temporary road from Monze-Niko Road main junction to Lubiya Dam.
Mr Mwiinde, pointing out that the tarring of the Monze-Niko Road would be the first since independence, also said that the road would ease the transportation of agricultural products and access to Lochnivar National Park located on the southern side of the Kafue River, about 45 kilometres from Monze.
Mr Mwiinde added that the Government had also awarded a ZMW 97 million contract for the upgrading of selected Monze urban roads to BSK Construction Limited, which has already started to tar 15 kilometers of the selected roads and is expected to complete the project before January 2015.