Kabwe gets new bus station

GOVERNMENT has allocated K2.9 million to the Kabwe Municipal Council for the construction of a modern bus terminus, says council spokesperson Annie Mumba.

She said the council had already received the money and was expecting the contractor, Bell View of Kitwe, to quickly get on site.

Ms Mumba said the project was expected to take 19 weeks to complete while the old station near Shitima House would be retained.

“This is a government project and as I speak to you, we have already received the money and are expecting the contractor to move on site,” she said.

But Alliance for Democracy and Development central province chairman Justin Mulando has asked the council to look for a bigger land that will accommodate more buses because the old terminus was too small.

Mr. Mulando said his party welcomed the construction of a new bus terminus but was opposed to the site where it would be situated.

And another resident who sought anonymity said the current place where the bus terminus is located should be preserved for the expansion of the town centre market.

The resident wondered whether the council had consulted residents before taking up the project.

And reacting to the concerns, Ms. Mumba said her council would depend on the advice from the engineers but maintained that at the moment the site remained unchanged.

“That area is too big, we have to look at the plans the engineers have. If they suggest that we find another place then we will move but as at now it remains unchanged and all we need to do is to relocate the vendors that have built makeshift stalls around the area,” she said.