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NAMIBIAN PARLIAMENTARIANS IMPRESSED WITH RDA ON GOING WORKS

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AVIC International Deputy Director Mr. Liu Xiaodond explaining works on the Chilumbulu Road to delegation leader Hon. Lebbius Tobias (fourth from left) and his team.

 

A delegation of Parliamentarians from Namibia which is in Zambia on a five day familiarisation tour of various economic projects taking place in the country yesterday toured selected roads under the L 400 Road Project where they expressed satisfaction with the road works.

The Country had a privilege to be visited by the Namibian Parliamentary Committee on Regional Development and Reports of the National Council, whose purpose was to learn, and benefit from the Zambian experience and expertise in the area of health, agriculture, housing education, rural development, community participation in the governance of the affairs of local, provincial and central governments as well as the administration of the constituency development fund.

The Road Development Agency (RDA) was among the organizations that met the delegation and made a presentation and  conducted a site tour on  road infrastructure facilities in order

The four member Parliamentary delegation comprised of Hon. Lebbius Tobias, delegation leader, Hon. Aram Martin, Hon. Bernadinas Skekutamba and Hon. Resa Kavara, and two   members of staff, Mr. Benedict Likando and Ms. Amalia Lita.

During a presentation held on 11th December, 2014 at the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication, Hon. Tobbias noted that his delegation was on a learning tour in Zambia and see how Zambia was doing things.  He disclosed that Namibia needed assistance in terms of infrastructure development from Zambia hence the visit to Zambia.

Acting Director Construction and Rehabilitation, Eng. George Manyele made a presentation on what RDA was all about, its duties and the ongoing works. Eng. Manyele highlighted the major works that RDA was undertaking from the Annual Work Plan 2014 and its challenges.

Hon. Benadinas Skekutamba was impressed with the way Zambia through RDA was handling the Road Tolling Programme and said that Namibia will follow the same step as she did not have road tolling. On the Link Zambia 8000 Project, the delegates were impressed that each province had three (3) road projects being planned for upgrading.

GOVERNMENT UNVEILS ROAD MAINTENANCE STRATEGY

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Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga unveiling the Road Maintenance Strategy at Mika Convention Centre in Chongwe today as RDA Board Chairman Mr. Willie Nsanda (left) and MTWSC Deputy Minister Hon. Panji Kaunda look on.

 

Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga has commended the Road Development Agency (RDA) for coming up with a ten- year Road Maintenance Strategy for the period 2015 to 2024 that will ensure that roads and bridges are kept in maintainable condition all the time.
Speaking when he unveiled the Maintenance Strategy this morning at Mika Convention Centre in Chongwe, Hon. Mukanga said the development was Pivotal because Road Maintenance in the road sector had consistently remained a challenge despite the formulation of Programmes such as the Road Sector Investment Programmes (Phase I and II) of 1998 and 2003 respectively.
He said since independence, the Road Sector had been focusing on major construction and upgrading of roads in order to accelerate development and to improve connectivity across the country. The Minister said the newly constructed roads needed to be maintained  if their full life and value was to be realized adding that the Road Maintenance Strategy that was being launched was aimed at setting the pace for the provision of maintenance activities on the Core Road Network by making maintenance the number one priority alongside other developmental programmes.
”The Road Maintenance Strategy will ensure that Government’s investment is preserved, and that the roads are kept in maintainable condition in order to continue serving the infrastructure needs of the agriculture, tourism and manufacturing sectors,” Hon. Mukanga said.
He added that the Maintenance Strategy was based on maintenance activities relevant to the Zambian environment and had been tailored for execution of maintenance works by either the Road Development Agency or through contracts based on unit rates or through Output and Performance-Based Road Contracts (OPRC).
“I am informed that through a systematic method of road and bridge data inventory and data collection, the Road Development Agency will have up- to- date information for decision making on maintenance priorities for both roads and bridges, including major and minor culverts,” he said.
The Minister directed RDA to ensure regular inspections for defects were conducted on the Core Road Network, which was to be prioritised according to the road and bridge hierarchy adding that the Agency should effectively and fully utilize such information in the implementation of the Road Maintenance Strategy as it recognized the importance of data to the decision making process.
“The Agency will also be conducting scheduled inspections in-house, while other services related to the establishment of roads and condition data will be outsourced. This is a good development and I want to commend the RDA for this initiative and hope to see the fruits of the successful implementation of this Strategy,” Hon. Mukanga said.
He said he was glad that the Road Maintenance Strategy had also adopted a more proactive approach to dealing with emergencies through the development of comprehensive emergency preparedness and response strategies. Hon. Mukanga said emergencies would be addressed based on the determined level of risk and the Emergency Response Strategy had assigned a reaction time for each level of risk to the Road users on the Core Road Network.
“Let me hasten to mention that as you implement this Road Maintenance Strategy, resources will become critical to the carrying out of maintenance activities on the Core Road Network. It is therefore essential that funds earmarked for maintenance are used solely for that purpose. The Road Maintenance Strategy therefore impresses the need to use the Road Fund to finance all maintenance activities, while Capital Investments Funds can be used to carry out Development Projects,” he said.
Hon. Mukanga said Government would commit itself to ensuring that the financing of the Maintenance of roads as enshrined in the Strategy received as much attention as the construction and upgrading of new roads. He implored RDA as the implementing Agency to be steadfast in its execution of this Strategy and ensure the preservation of the existing Core Road Network as more kilometers were being upgraded to bituminous standard.
And speaking at the same function, RDA Board Chairman, Mr. Willie Nsanda said the development of the Maintenance Strategy was a major milestone in the history of the RDA aimed at maintaining Zambia’s Core Road Network and preventing it from degenerating into a state of disrepair.
He said Government had embarked on a number of Road Projects over the last few years aimed at creating a better Zambia which had placed a huge demand on the need for a clear strategy on how this infrastructure would be maintained.
Mr. Nsanda said it was for this reason that RDA, in consultation with several stakeholders in the road sector with guidance from the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, had developed the Road Maintenance Strategy saying the ten-year road map would be fully implemented to achieve desired results.
“We would like to assure you and your government that with your continued support, RDA will deliver on this mandate that is outlined in this document. RDA will ensure that come 2024, all the aspects relating to the strategy are implemented,” he said. He called upon all the stakeholders in the implementation of the Road Maintenance Strategy to effectively play their critical roles as well so as to achieve the intended objectives.
And RDA Acting Director and CEO Eng. Kanyuka Mumba said the Agency will do its best to implement the Maintenance Strategy following its launch. The Road Maintenance Strategy was launched on 4th December, 2014.

UGANDAN NATIONAL ROADS AUTHORITY VISITS THE ROAD DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

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RDA Ag. Director & CEO Mr. Kanyuka Mumba addressing the Ugandan Road Authority Staff in a meeting with RDA Senior Management

 

A delegation from the Uganda National Roads Authority  (UNRA) is in Zambia on a study tour of procurement processes in Zambia’s Road Sector.

The three man delegation that arrived in Zambia yesterday includes: Mr. Godfrey Sambra Director of Procurement at UNRA, Mr. Benjamin Olobo Chairman of the Technical Contracts Committee and Mr. Joseph Otima Regional Manager at UNRA.

During a meeting at the RDA today Mr. Sambra noted that his delegation was in Zambia to learn how the Road Development Agency was managing its procurement processes. Mr. Sambra disclosed that procurement processes in Uganda were lengthy thus the  need to compare notes with Zambia on how these processes could be shortened in order to expedite  procurement of road projects.

Mr. Sambra also disclosed that the Ugandan Government had tremendously increased funding to the road sector in that country, a situation he said had now put pressure on the Uganda Road Authority to speedily procure road projects. The funding he said had increased from approximately  US$300 million   to approximately 700 million Us Dollars per annum. He added that with theses development, public procurement was of utmost importance.

“Because of increased support and funding from Government, public procurement for the road sector in Uganda has become very critical and we need to procure these projects speedily. Our coming to Zambia will help us to learn how these are done here and we will also  be able to share our experiences with you.” Mr. Sambra Said.

And Road Development Agency Acting Chief Executive Officer Eng. Kanyuka Mumba in welcoming the delegation said the RDA will be glad to share its experiences with UNRA. He said the Zambian Government through RDA was implementing huge road programmes such as the Link Zambia 8,000 Road project which were aimed at opening up the country through construction of new roads. He said although Zambia was doing so much in the road sector, the country still had a lot it could learn from Uganda.

“You are welcome to Zambia to RDA and we will share our experiences with you but we too will learn from you” Eng. Mumba said.

Uganda has a Public Road Network of approximately 20,000 kilometers of which only 4,000 kilometers is paved. Zambia on the other hand has approximately 67,000 kilometers of which over  40,445 kilometers is defined as the core road network. The Core Road Network is the minimum network that the country needs to run the country’s economy efficiently. For Zambia only approximately 10,000 kilometers of the core Road Network is paved.

The delegation which is in the country for the next three days is also expected to visit key Government Ministries which include: the Ministry of Transport Works Supply and Communications, The Ministry  of Finance and the Ministry of Local Government and Housing. The delegation is also expected to visit other players in the Road sector who include: the National  Road Fund Agency, the Zambia Public Procurement Authority and the National Council for Construction.

UTH, CHAWAMA CLINIC LINKED VIA KAMWALA SOUTH

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Laveka Road, one of the newly upgraded Kamwala South roads linking Chawama Clinic to UTH

 

The Chawama Clinic which was upgraded to a first level hospital in 2011 by Government has now been linked to the biggest hospital in Zambia, the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) via the newly constructed townships in Chawama and Kamwala South under the L400 Road Project. The roads will now provide the shortest link to and from Chawama Clinic to UTH, a development that will make it easy for the two health institutions to provide quality health care services to the residents of Chawama and Kamwala South in particular and Lusaka City in general.

Government through the Road Development Agency has embarked on the upgrading and rehabilitation of approximately 408 kilometers of selected roads in Lusaka. The Project being undertaken by the AVIC International will include the construction of drainages, 90 km of walkways, street lights and interchanges.

The new roads include Kuku Road in Kuku compound linking Chawama to Kamwala South across the railway line and currently under construction with works about to be completed. This road joins Tambalala Road into Laveka Road which joins Nationalist Road leading to UTH. The Nationalist Road has been upgraded from the newly constructed Ring Road extended beyond the popular Yellow Shop. The road from ZIPAS School to Laveka Road is also being upgraded.

The newly constructed roads in Kamwala South will not only provide a shorter link to and from Chawama Clinic to UTH but will also make life easy for the residents of Chawama and Kamwala South who have been complaining over the poor road network.  The construction of road will reduce vehicle operating costs associated with the poor state of the roads.

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