Tutume District chairperson queries gov't's A3 delays

A3 road sign
A3 road sign

FRANCISTOWN: Tutume District Council chairperson and councillor for Dukwi village, Thatayaone Kehitile has called on the government to ensure that its moves with speed on the A3 Road procurement process so that the project can take off.

This follows a statement by the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Eric Molale that the road procurement process is ongoing and once complete the project will commence. In another development, when presenting her budget speech early this year, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development Peggy Serame said the construction of the A3 Road, which is considered to be amongst the busiest in the country, would start during the 2023-2024 financial year. Kehitile’s plea comes after Nata/Gweta legislator, Polson Majaga expressed his frustrations on government delay in rebuilding the A3 Road.

In an interview with Mmegi, the Tutume District Council chairperson said the government should ensure that the A3 Road procurement process should be completed faster so that the project can take off before the end of this month (June). He said if the project takes off sooner, they would be able to save more lives on the highway. According to Kehitile, several individuals have lost their lives on A3 route but yet the government continues to turn a blind eye to the deadly situation. He further said the recent horrific accident, which happened near Marapong village and claimed the lives of 22 people, have rubbed salt in their wounds. Kehitile stated that even though so many people have lost their lives on the same road, the government is yet to prioritise reconstruction of the road. “It is sad to witness our government prioritise other projects such as building multi million bridge yet there is a deadly road trap which urgently needs to be reconstructed. Since the usage of the Kazungula bridge, road traffic on A3 Road has since double up as it is frequently used by interregional trucks within Southern Africa,” he said.

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