The Road Development Agency (RDA) and the Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at enhancing a strategic partnership in the execution of the mandates for the two Government Bodies.

The MoU creates a platform for the exchange of information to enhance the execution of the mandates of the RDA and WARMA and ensure that all the contractors and consultants as may be appropriate, obtain relevant licenses and certificates prior to commencement of works.

Further, the MoU seeks to empower the two institutions to conduct joint inspection of dams and road infrastructure that may potentially be affected.

The MoU was signed in Lusaka by the RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. George Manyele and WARMA Director-General Eng. Kenneth Nyundu.

RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. George Manyele and WARMA Director-General
Eng. Kenneth Nyundu after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Eng. Manyele said the partnership and collaboration would help the RDA during the design of public road infrastructure projects by incorporating the vital data during the design stage.

“The data that the RDA would obtain from WARMA will help in developing new projects and in developing climate resilient structures while putting in mitigation measures for consideration for existing road drainage infrastructure,” he said.

He said the RDA would request contractors and consultants to obtain hydrological information from the WARMA so that the project design was informed by scientific-based information to protect the integrity of infrastructure and incorporate the installation of gauge stations at major bridges in the scope of works for the contractor.

The move would also allow the Authority to install gauge stations at existing major bridges that belong to the Agency on terms and conditions agreed by the parties.

Meanwhile, Eng. Nyundu said the MoU would contribute to the sustainable management of water resources in the country as well as preserve the integrity of road and bridge structures.

“We commit that we will provide accurate data when called upon by contractors and consultants. It is anticipated that with the increased usage of data, the country will record less wash-away cases where rivers and dams burst their banks,” he said.

Group Photo of RDA and WARMA officials after the signing of the MoU.

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