PF acting president Given Lubinda has challenged minister of Infrastructure, Housing, and Urban Development Charles Milupi and finance minister to justify why they have gone ahead with the $3.7billion Public-Private Partnership agreement under the Southern Africa Business Development Forum.
MILUPI has justified the project saying it was not only for the construction of roads but other projects.
Milupi said that the agreement will also revamp, develop and industrialize the existing 93 resettlement schemes and develop new ones countrywide and that for each scheme, an off-grid power will be set up to facilitate irrigation.
Milupi said that the agreement includes design, building, and or rehabilitation of approximately 1 400 kilometers of roads to international bituminous standards.
The agreement was signed by former Vice President Inonge Wina on August 10, 2021, and approved by then PF government.
Milupi said that the Road Development Agency (RDA) has been tasked to review the cost for each road link and ensure the cost reasonableness analysis is conducted to bring the estimated project costs to an acceptable value.
But at a press briefing held today, PF has objected to government’s decision to approve the deal.