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UK AFCAP Consultant, Robert Petts addresses participants at the Tractor Based Technology meeting in Lusaka.

The Road Development Agency (RDA) has been elected as chair of the newly constituted Training Demonstration Unit (TDU) Coordinating Committee consisting of 12 member institutions to spearhead the implementation of the Tractor Based Technology in Zambia under the Africa Community Access Partnership (AFCAP).
The Committee with membership drawn from road sector agencies, government ministries, contractors, consultants and suppliers of equipment, among others, was constituted during the one day workshop that was convened in Lusaka recently to look at the establishment of Pilot Project to implement tractor-based road maintenance approaches in Zambia.

The members appointed to the first ever TDU Coordinating Committee are: Eng. Joseph Goma (RDA) as Chairperson, Eng. Alinani Msisya (NRFA) as Vice Chairperson and Eng. Ernest Nshindano (NCC) as Secretary. Others appointed as members to the Committee are: Mrs. Dorothy Mulwila (ZAWIC), Eng. Changala Kanchule (MLGH), Mr. Mutale Mpepo (NAMSEC) and Mr. David Sakala (Suppliers of Equipment Representative). The rest are: Eng. Francis Mwape (ACE), Capt. Humphrey Ndalama (ZNS), Mr. James Ruhana (Musika Zambia Limited), Mr. Bowa (TEVETA) and a representative from Ministry of Agriculture.

RDA Director Planning and Design, Eng. Elias Mwape said the Coordinating Committee had a lot of work part of which was to set up the Terms of Reference (TOR) that would serve as a guide on the operations and conduct of the members. He said there was no time to waste as some of the activities were already budgeted for in the 2016 Road Sector Annual Work Plan and the implementation could start off.

And Commenting on the formation of the Coordinating Committee, AFCAP Regional Technical Manager East and Southern Africa, Eng. Nkululeko Leta congratulated the Steering Committee members and advised them to work hard and contribute to the attainment of the objectives of the Project in Zambia. He said the Coordinating Committee had a huge task lying ahead in the pioneering of the pilot project that aimed at reducing the cost of maintaining the rural (feeder) roads in a rural District that would be selected near Lusaka.

Meanwhile a UK based AFCAP Consultant, Robert Petts, has stated that the  successes of the Tractor Based Technology Pilot Project in the country was dependent on the commitment of the Coordinating Committee members and the general membership of Project as well as political will, availability of resources and institutional arrangements.









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RDA Director and CEO, Eng. Kanyuka Mumba speaking at the Tractor-Based Technology  workshop on 6th April, 2016 at Holiday Inn, Lusaka.

Road Development Agency (RDA) Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Kanyuka Mumba has said that the implementation of the Tractor Based Road Maintenance Technology will tremendously reduce the cost of maintaining primary feeder roads, improve the rural road network and improve the lives of the rural community.

Speaking when he officially opened a one day workshop for stakeholders in Lusaka on April 6, 2016, Eng. Mumba said the Tractor based technology would facilitate growth of the agriculture sector which had the potential of being the biggest contributor to Zambia’s economy. He said the workshop presented a rare and unique collective intellect and wisdom that needed to be exploited in order to produce practical solutions that would help the Country’s development.

He revealed that RDA in December, 2014 launched the Road Maintenance Strategy which looks at the various strategies that the Agency was undertaking to maintain the Core Road Network (CRN) and therefore findings from studies like the one the African Community Access Programme (AFCAP) was undertaking would help to develop cost effective and appropriate technologies, training and capacity development for undertaking the range of road maintenance activities for the various classes of the core road network, especially the primary feeder roads.

And speaking when he closed the AFCAP Workshop, RDA Director Planning and Design, Eng. Elias Mwape thanked the stakeholders who turned up to deliberate on issues that embraced the promotion of new technologies in road maintenance. He said RDA and all stakeholders were looking forward to implementing modern ways of maintaining the feeder roads at low cost after they had been rehabilitated.

The Agency in collaboration with AFCAP organized the workshop for stakeholders that included, among others, the National Road Fund Agency, Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Ministry of Agriculture, the National Council for Construction and the Zambia National Service (ZNS). Others were the Zambia Women in Construction (ZAWIC), the National Association for Small and Medium Scale Contractors (NASMSC), the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE), Suppliers of equipment such as CAMCO Zambia Limited and other organizations such as Centermark Construction and MUKIKA (Z) Limited.

AFCAP is a programme of research, knowledge dissemination and uptake funded by the United Kingdom (UK) Government through the Department for International Development (DFID) which is aimed at promoting safe and sustainable rural access in Africa through research and knowledge sharing between participating countries and the wider community which Zambia joined in 2015, and had since been actively participating in AFCAP research projects.

Stakeholders at the workshop


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Republican President H.E. Edgar Lungu receives a scissors to cut the ribbon during the handover of Mbala-Nakonde Road.

President Edgar Lungu has officially handed over the newly constructed Mbala - Nakonde Road to the people of Muchinga and Northern Provinces with a call for  local people in the area including motorists  to take care of the infrastructure which had cost Government   US$ 180 million to construct.

Speaking at the official handover of 171.9 km of the Mbala - Nakonde Road on March 15, President Lungu said the people of Mbala and Nakonde should desist from incidences of vandalism which had sadly been witnessed on newly constructed roads countrywide. President Lungu noted that the newly constructed road would present new opportunities for the people of the two provinces in sectors such as Agriculture, tourism, Commerce Trade and Industry.“The newly constructed Mbala - Nakonde road offers us a new opportunity as a country to grow other economic sectors in this part of Zambia. The completion of this road will no doubt promote agricultural activities in Mbala and Nakonde and outlying areas,” President Lungu said.   He noted that the Mbala- Nakonde road which is part of the Karonga corridor would also promote trade between Zambia and her Neighbours such as Tanzania and Malawi including countries beyond such as Rwanda and Burundi through the Mpulungu habour.President Lungu emphasized that the completion of the Mbala - Nakonde road   was also set to support the development of tourism activities in Muchinga and Northern Provinces as it would provide the much needed connectivity to places like the Kasaba Bay via Mbala particularly when Government also upgrades the road to Kasaba bay.

President Lungu noted that Government had placed a high premium on infrastructure development particularly the construction of Roads.  He said Government’s resolve to construct new roads through programmes like the Link Zambia 8000 was based on the firm belief that roads were a catalyst to national development.  The President noted that without good roads, Zambia could not boast about the development of other economic sectors such as Agriculture, Tourism, Trade and Commerce among others.  “My Government is working at improving these other economic sectors in order to reduce the country’s dependence on Mining,” He said.
The President also paid tribute to the Implementing Agency RDA, supervising Engineers Bari Zambia, Contractor China CAMCE and the provincial Administrations in Northern and Muchinga Provinces for successfully implementing the project. He said although the start of the project was marred with a lot of difficulties particularly to do with financing arrangements, the project had been delivered successfully and within budget. “Allow me to commend the Implementing Agency RDA, the Contractor China CAMC, the Supervising Engineers Bari Zambia and the two Provincial Administrations for ensuring the successful delivery of this important national project.  Well done to all of you and keep up the good work,” the President said.

And President Lungu disclosed that he would carry out full rehabilitation of the Great North Road from Chinsali to Nakonde following the securing of financing from the Africa Development Bank for the project. He said that in January this year, Government had secured funding from the Africa Development Bank (ADB) amounting to US$ 193 million to carry out full rehabilitation of this strategic road link whose condition had deteriorated over the years.  “The Government of the Republic of Zambia and the African Development Bank signed the loan agreement on January 28, 2016. Following the signing of the loan agreement, procurements of some components of the project have commenced,” President Lungu announced.

President Lungu addressing Nakonde residents during the official handover of Mbala-Nakonde road

And speaking at the same ceremony, Minister of Works and Supply Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga said that his Ministry was happy to deliver an important Road Project to the people of Zambia. He said the completion of Mbala-Nakonde Road adds to the list of completed projects that his Ministry through the RDA had recorded in the last few years. Hon. Mukanga thanked all the stakeholders for their support during the implementation of the project.
And the two Provincial Ministers for Muchinga and Northern Provinces Hon. Mwimba Malama and Freedom Sikazwe respectively thanked for the construction of the Road which is expected to spur the development of other economic sectors.

The completed Mbala-Nakonde Road


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A section of the Completed Mongu - Tapo Road


The Engineering Design and Construction of the 34 kilometers Mongu -Tapo section of the Mongu - Kalabo Road to bituminous standard is virtually complete with physical progress for works standing at approximately 95 percent.
Giving an update on the progress of the project, Road Development Agency (RDA) Regional Manager for Western Province, Eng. Gershom Mwagomba said that construction works on the USD 286.9 million project scheduled for completion by April this year had recorded significant progress. The Contractor, AVIC International has paved the entire 34 kilometers from Mongu to Tapo including the 1 kilometer road leading to Lealui.  The Contractor is currently installing guardrails and reinstating borrow pits in the plains. Eng. Mwagomba said AVIC International was also carrying out repair works on defects according to approved methodologies and planting grass on the embankment for soil protection.
Eng. Mwagomba said the road project which has been supervised by Rankin Engineering is ahead of schedule. He expressed optimism that the Project would be completed within the contract period.The scope of work for the construction of the of the Mongu - Tapo road   included but was not limited to  massive earthworks for 34 kilometre  embankment, construction of 26 bridges, construction of a 1002 meter long bridge across Zambezi River, constructions of crushed stone base, bituminous wearing course and ancillaries like road markings, traffic signs, kilometre posts, guard rails and erosion protection among others.

The completion of the road will reduce vehicle operation costs, travel time and consequently the cost of doing business. Currently, most of the local people use dugout canoes to navigate the flood plains.


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