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NAMIBIAN DELEGATES VISIT RDA

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RDA CEO Eng. Kanyuka Mumba welcoming the Namibian Delegation at RDA HQ while Col. Lawrence Sampofu the delegation leader listens.

 

A delegation from Namibia which is in Zambia on a familiarization tour of various economic projects taking place in the country has expressed satisfaction with road works projects taking place in Zambia. The delegation led by Zambezi Regional Governor Hon. Colonel (Rtd.) Lawrence Sampofu said his delegation was in the country to learn, and benefit from the Zambian experience and expertise in the fields of Agriculture, Sewerage and Roads. Furthermore, the delegation was keen to learn from their Zambian counterpart’s progress made in the areas of drainages systems, prevention of town storm water flooding, road infrastructure development, construction of bridges in flood prone areas and cultivation of flood and draught resistant crops in order to ensure food security at all times.


The Road Development Agency (RDA) was among organizations visited by the delegation.  Other organisations visited include:  the Lusaka City Council, Ministry of Agriculture, Disaster Apart from Honourable Sampofu, other members of the delegation included: Mr. Raphael Mbala, Chairperson of the Zambezi Regional Council, Local and Village Councilors, Heads of  various Government Departments, officials from different sectors of the Zambezi Region and Namibian Media.
During the meeting held at the RDA head office on August 24, RDA Chief Executive Officer  Engineer. Kanyuka Mumba said it was important for the two sisterly countries to exchange notes on various aspects of economic development from time to time.  He disclosed that the Agency was implementing a very ambitious programme called the Link Zambia 8000 in order to open up the country to further investment and development.
Col. Sampofu noted that his delegation was on a learning tour in Zambia and wanted to see and experience what Zambia was doing in the various economic sectors of interest to Namibia.  He disclosed that Namibia with a population of 2.2 million people had a lot to learn from Zambia particularly in terms of infrastructure development.
Mr. Sampofu also paid glowing tribute to Zambia for the sacrifices that the people of Zambia had made during the liberation struggle of Namibia from their colonial masters. He recalled that Zambia had hosted a lot of Nambian Nationals during the struggle and that Zambians had paid the ultimate price of death of some of its citizens during the war.  He said Namibia would forever remain indebted to the people of Zambia for their sacrifices. Honourable Sampofu said the people of Namibia and the Government were reciprocating by naming some streets in Namibia after some prominent Zambian leaders. Dr. Kaunda the first Republican President of Zambia had been given a house in Windhoek as a gesture of appreciation to the Zambian people.
The delegation is scheduled to visit the multi-million dollar Mongu- Kalabo Road Project whilst in the Country.

 

Part of the delegation team at the meeting with RDA Officials.

RDA BOARD CHARIMAN HAPPY WITH PROGRESS ON MANSA - LUWINGU ROAD PROJECT

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RDA Board Chairman Samuel Mukupa, RDA Regional Manager Guston Meleki , Resident  Engineer Mr. Sah and  RDA CEO Eng. Mumba during the tour or Mansa- Luwingu Road Project.

 

Road Development Agency Board Chairman Mr. Samuel Mukupa has expressed happiness with the progress of construction works on the Mansa- Luwingu, Kawambwa -Mushota and Pedicle Road Projects in Lupaula Province.


Mr. Mukupa who has just concluded a six day tour of road projects in Lupaula Province said he was happy with the quality of works and the progress recorded on the 175 kilometer project which commenced in October 2013. So far, the Contractor China Henan has tarred approximately 117 kilometers of the 175 kilometer stretch.
The Contractor has also constructed a number of culverts on the stretch and rehabilitated some existing bridges. The Mansa- Luwingu road which has been a gravel road since independence connects Luapula and Northern Provinces.


Overall Progress on the Kawambwa – Mushota Road stands at 71 per cent. The project involves upgrading of 105 kilometers of the Mushota to Luwingu Road to bituminous standard, 24 kilometers of Periodic maintenance of the Kawambwa Tea Estate Road and Construction of a 30 kilometer gravel Road to Chiefs Chisembe and Chama And Mr.  Mukupa has also expressed happiness with ongoing works on the 70 kilometer Pedicle road which connects Copperbelt and Luapula Provinces.  The Board Chairman said that although works on the Pedicle Road were behind schedule due to a number of challenges, he was happy that the contractor was still working and determined to ensure that the project was completed in the next six working months.  Progress on the Pedicle Road has been affected because of a number of factors which include: scarcity of construction materials such as aggregates, limited hours of operation due to board restrictions and delayed payment of some Interim Payment Certificates.

Ongoing works on Kawambwa – Mushota Road

 


In some cases the Contractor has had to source for aggregates from Ndola and Chililabombwe. Mr. Mukupa was however happy that some of the challenges had been resolved. On the delayed payments, Mr. Mukupa indicated that the matter would be resolved in the next few weeks as Government was committed to liquidate all outstanding payments to Contractors.


Meanwhile Mr. Mukupa has summoned the Contractor on the Samfya - Kasaba Road to Lusaka to explain the delayed implementation of the project. Mr. Mukupa who visited the Project said he was not happy that after one year since the contract was awarded the contractor BSBK had not mobilized to site. Mr. Mukupa said although the contractor had not been paid 100 per cent of his advance payment, it was unacceptable for him to fail to mobilise.
Mr. Mukupa wondered how a Sub-contractor, Pine Road on the same project could mobilise while the main contractor had failed to mobilise. The Samfya- Kasaba – Luwingu project involves upgrading to bituminous standard of the 113 kilometer Road.


Mr. Mukupa was accompanied by RDA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Kanyuka Mumba who also expressed happiness with progress on the Mansa –Luwingu road Project.
The upgrading of the Pedicle Road is financed by the Zambian Government at a contract sum of K279 million while the Mansa – Luwingu Road is being constructed at a cost of USD  242M.

Refurbished Bridge on Mansa- Luwingu Road

 

 

 

 

FIRST LADY COMMENDS RDA FOR FACILITATING ROAD WORKS COUNTRYWIDE

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First Lady Esther Lungu with her Malawian counterpart Getrude  Mutharika at the RDA Stand

 

First Lady Esther Lungu has commended the Road Development  Agency for faciltiating the consturction of major roads and bridges countrywide.

Mrs. Lungu said she was highly impressed with the road projects that were being implemented under the Link Zambia 8000 and other programmes. She said she had personally visited some on-going road projects such as the Mongu- Kalabo Road Project in Western Province and was happy with the tremendous progress recorded so far.

The first Lady was speaking at the 89th Lusaka Agricultrual and Comemrcial Show when she visited the RDA stand with Malawain First Lady Mrs. Getrude Mutharika.

And Malawaian First Lady Mrs Mutharika said she was happy to learn of the major road construction programmes going on in Zambia. Mrs. Mutharika was particuallry delighted to learn about the Mongu - Kalabo  road project and the planned Kalabo- Sikongo project which would link Zambia to Angola at Sikongo. She was also elated to learn about the rehabiliation works on Great East Road from Luanagwa Bridge to Mwami Boarder including the planned cosntruciton of a one stop boarder facility between Zambia and Malawi at Mwami.

The two first ladies later signed a visitors book at the RDA stand in which they both commended the RDA  for its good work. And speaking at the same event, RDA Board Chairman Mr. Samuel Mukupa thanked the two first ladies for finding time to visit the RDA stand. Mr. Mukupa said the Agency was geared to complete all the major on-going road projects on behalf of Government for the people of Zambia.

“ First ladies I wish to assure you that the RDA is committed to delivering all the projects that we have under implementation. Allow me to also thank you most sincerely for finding time to visit our stand” Mr. Mukupa said.

Malawian First Lady Mrs. Getrude Mutharika signs the visitor’s book at the RDA stand

WORKS ON PEDICLE ROAD PROGRESS

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Completed section of Asphalt pavement on the Pedicle Road

 

· P  Paving works in progress

Th  The upgrading of the 70Km Pedicle Road from Mokambo Border Post on the Copperbelt Province to   Chembe in Luapula Province via the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has reached an advanced stage with over 30 kilometers of the road tarred so far.
Road Development Agency (RDA) Luapula Province Regional Manager, Engineer Guston Meleki in an interview said that the physical road works on the project now stand at 64%. Eng. Meleki said the K297 million road project had employed 350 people and was scheduled to be completed in October this year.
The Project is being undertaken by a Zambian contractor; Copperfield’s Mining Services and is being supervised by Rankin Engineering Consultants. Eng. Meleki said the scope of works includes upgrading of the road from gravel to bituminous standard and construction of a two lane bridge across the Lubembe River where a single-lane bridge exists.
Once completed, the road will create a shorter link between the Copperbelt and Luapula Provinces and between Luapula and Northwestern including Northern Provinces.  For many years, the Pedicle road has served as an important transit route through the DRC but its poor state has been a source of concern for travelers.
The upgrading of the Pedicle Road is financed by the Zambian Government at a contract sum of K279 million.







 

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