by Mukosha Funga on 15 Nov 2019by Mukosha Funga on 15 Nov 2019by Julia Malunga on 14 Nov 2019by Mirriam Chabala on 14 Nov 2019
by Natasha Sakala and Stuart Lisulo on 14 Nov 2019by Natasha Sakala on 14 Nov 2019by Natasha Sakala on 13 Nov 2019by Julia Malunga on 12 Nov 2019
by Julia Malunga and Zondiwe Mbewe on 14 Nov 2019by Ulande Nkomesha on 14 Nov 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 14 Nov 2019by Diggers Correspondent on 13 Nov 2019
- Goal Diggers
by Elias Banda on 15 Nov 2019by Abraham Kalito on 14 Nov 2019by Abraham Kalito on 13 Nov 2019by Mazuba Muleya on 7 Nov 2019
by Diggers Editor on 14 Nov 2019by Diggers Editor on 13 Nov 2019by Diggers Editor on 12 Nov 2019by Diggers Editor on 10 Nov 2019
- Guest Diggers
- Editor's Choice
by Diggers Correspondent on 24 May 2019by Diggers Reporter on 4 Mar 2019by Andyford Mayele Banda on 29 Jan 2019by Davies Mwila on 22 Jan 2019
by Natasha Sakala on 8 Nov 2019by Felix Kashweka on 4 Oct 2019by Diggers Correspondent on 28 Sep 2019by Douty Chibamba on 25 Sep 2019
Toll fees are too high – Kafue MPBy Mukosha Funga on 23 Nov 2017
Kafue UPND member of parliament Mirriam Chonya says motorists are suffering because toll fees are too high.
Contributing to the debate on the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development budget for 2018 in parliament yesterday, Chonya observed that people who lived in areas where there were toll gates were still crying about the high cost of toll fees.
“Government seems very excited about this new source of funding for various programmes in government, not just road maintenance. However, the people of Kafue, and I believe others where these toll gates are, are still crying about the high cost which they have to meet to pass through these gates. Where we copied this concept from, our colleagues were looking for a longer term funding modality of generating funds for road maintenance but in our case we seem to be in a hurry to get as much as we can from the citizens so that we are able to fund this [and that],” Chonya said.
She observed that the money which was meant for road maintenance and development was being channeled to other sectors.
“And I hear salaries last month were met partly from this toll gate money but that is just speculation Madam Speaker. In continuing on this, when the people of Kafue queried why some of this money is not going to meeting the township roads, we were told that the policy is that only roads on which the toll gates are mounted are supposed to be maintained. I would want to call for the reform of this policy if that is the case so that the people of Kafue can begin to see the benefits of passing through these toll gates at such a high cost so that part of that money can go towards maintaining their township roads. I heard the minister here talking about the completion of the L-400 project, Kafue was nowhere in that phase and now we are learning here that phase two has started and most of it has already been implemented and Kafue is not even a priority having not benefited from the first phase so I would really want to make this compassionate appeal, honorable Minister of Infrastructure Development, to hear the cry,” she said.
Chonya also asked government to prioritise construction of houses for teachers.
“We seem to be paying a lot of attention to putting up housing units especially for our men in uniform, that is good for them, they do a good job when you need them but my appeal is that we look at other professions which are equally in need of this infrastructure. Each time the Minister of Infrastructure comes to speak, he is grappling with how to deal with the housing infrastructure for teachers because the efforts in this area are not visible or they are not tangible. So what can the ministry do to help the ministers much more? I am aware that within the ministry, there was a policy that was passed to say when a new school is built, a housing stock of 20 would be given but the schools that are now under construction are fewer than the ones that we have from the past which do not have this accommodation. Therefore, there’s need to also pay attention to other people in the public service generally. This cannot be achieved overnight and I appreciate the efforts you are making to meet the private sector to help you with this. However, we must also be cautious of the kind of partners we are going to engage because if these become too expensive, it means those who are supposed to benefit will not afford,” said Chonya.
About Mukosha Funga
Mukosha is interested in good governance and anti-corruption reporting.
- KCM workers, exam pupils hospitalised in Chingola after inhaling toxic gas from Nchanga Mine - 15 Nov 2019
- How Mushimba influenced UNZA to pass his wife who failed 2 medical courses - 15 Nov 2019
- Lubinda’s ignorance is embarrassing, a little learning is dangerous – Prof Ndulo - 7 Nov 2019
- Russia cancels contract for supply of presidential jet to Zambia - 29 Oct 2019
- EL was nice to me, I used opportunity to lobby for students meal allowances – CK - 25 Oct 2019
- DEC arrests Amos for corrupt practices (2,747 views)
- There’re 2 Lungus in State House, we met them both (2,278 views)
- How Mushimba influenced UNZA to pass his wife who failed 2 medical courses (1,872 view)
- Court awards K3.3m damages to family of ZAF officer who died in police custody (1,768 view)
- Kambwili wonders how Kampyongo could revoke Lungu’s pardon of Mombotwa (1,445 view)
- Fashion reveals hiding knee injury from medical staff
- KCM workers, exam pupils hospitalised in Chingola after inhaling toxic gas from Nchanga Mine
- How Mushimba influenced UNZA to pass his wife who failed 2 medical courses
- FAZ advertises Chipolopolo job, offers $10,000 salary
- Court awards K3.3m damages to family of ZAF officer who died in police custody
- There’re 2 Lungus in State House, we met them both
- I'm at the bottom but God has a plan, says Mutati as Nevers meets Lungu
- HH among directors of company seeking to mine in Lower Zambezi - Musukwa tells parley
- Yes, Zambia’s debt is criminal!
- Govt cancelled presidential jet purchase due to austerity measures – Wina
Subscribe For News In Email
The News Diggers
Deputy News Editor
Plot No. Lus/9812/649-MC8
off Alex Chola Road
P.O. Box 32147
Telephone or WhatsApp:
diggers [at] diggers [dot] news
editor [at] diggers [dot] news
Send this to a friend