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President Lungu cutting the ribbon to signify the handover of Mufuchani Bridge (r)

Republican President, Mr. Edgar Lungu has officially handed over the newly constructed  Mufuchani Bridge to the people of Kitwe following the successful completion of the project by the Road Development Agency (RDA).

And President Lungu has thanked the World Bank for the financing the construction of the 160 meter long bridge at a cost of K63 million. Speaking in Kitwe during the handover ceremony, President Lungu said he was pleased that Government had continued to deliver projects that had been promised to the people of Zambia which aimed at improving their livelihood.

The President said the absence of a permanent crossing at Mufuchani had not only been a hindrance to the growth and development of Kitwe, but it also posed serious social problems for the people in the area. He said for many years, people had relied on a pontoon to cross the crocodile infested Kafue River. When the Pontoon was non-functional, people were forced to use dug-out canoes.

“Your Government could not allow the problems associated with lack of a permanent crossing to continue. I am exceedingly glad that the new Mufuchani Bridge is a living monument and testimony of Government’s commitment to improving people’s standards through provision of  infrastructure”, he said.

And in thanking the World Bank for their continued support to infrastructure development in Zambia, President Lungu said the Zambian Government and its people would forever be grateful to the World Bank, which had been a committed development co-operating partner for many years.

And spelling out the benefits of the new bridge, Mr. Lungu said the construction of the bridge would eliminate dangers associated with lack of a permanent crossing and facilitate the expansion of Kitwe City on the Eastern side. He noted that private developers had already started to invest in housing projects which would benefit a lot of citizens in Kitwe and those from other towns.

He also disclosed that the road from Mufuchani bridge which was an existing earth road would be upgraded to bituminous standard in view of the envisaged developments in the area. The  48 kilometer road runs from Mufuchani Bridge to the Kitwe-Mufulira Road and from Mufuchani Bridge to the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriageway near ZAMTAN. The development of these roads would provide a bypass for travelers from Ndola to Mufulira without passing through Kitwe town. 
Mr. Lungu cautioned people to guard against vandalism of the bridge. The President said he was saddened to learn that some unscrupulous people had already started vandalizing bolts and nuts as well as electricity cables that were providing lighting to the bridge.

“This development has forced the RDA and the contractor to spend additional funds to replace the vandalised cables as well as to weld the guard rails and nuts to reinforce the bridge and prevent vandals from causing further damage to this expensive infrastructure”, he said.

The President said such acts needed to be condemned in the strongest terms because they amounted to sabotage. He added that not only were the vandals reversing Government’s efforts to improve infrastructure, they were also negating development and endangering the lives of road users by compromising safety features that had been provided on the bridge.

He appealed to the residents of Kitwe to report anyone vandalizing the bridge to the nearest police Station and instructed the Copperbelt Provincial Administration to Construct a Police Post in the area.

And Minister of Works and Supply, Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga, expressed happiness that another important project had been completed. In a speech read for him by the Justice Minister Ngosa Sibyakula, Hon. Mukanga said that the bridge would improve the livelihood of the people of Mufuchani.

Speaking earlier, Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge, said the construction of the bridge demonstrated Government’s commitment to improving people’s living standards and improving infrastructure development.

Side view of the new  Mufuchani Bridge


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RDA CEO Eng. Kanyuka Mumba third from right after receiving the award on behalf of RDA.


The Road Development Agency has received an award from the Road Builders of Africa (ARB) an initiative from Cote d’ivore that seeks to promote road construction and transport systems in Africa.

The ARB is an undertaking of Acturoutes an Agency in Cote d’ivoire with similar aims and objectives as the Road Development Agency in Zambia.  The inaugural awards ceremony was held on the sidelines of the Africa Development Bank (AFDB) Conference at Hotel Intercontinental in Lusaka on May 25, 2016.

At the same ceremony, the ARB also awarded His Excellency President Edgar Lungu the supreme Prize in “recognition of his leadership, personal support to the huge road projects in Zambia to connect the ten provinces of the country including the Link Zambia 8000, the Pave Zambia 2000 aimed at paving 2,000 km of roads in the municipalities and the L400 project aimed at rehabilitating 400 km of roads in Lusaka, the capital and for efforts to promote more profitable tourism in Zambia”.
The citation for the President’s award and the RDA was read out by Mr. Barthelemy Kouame, Director General of the Africa Road Builders.  RDA as an implementing Agency was recognised for successfully implementing major road and Bridge Projects on behalf of the Zambian Government. The recognition is based on the major road programmes that Government is implementing such as the Link Zambia 8000, Pave Zambia 2000 and L400 Road projects among others.
Other leaders awarded at the ceremony include:  His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, His Excellency Mr. Alassane Ouattara President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn  of Ethiopia and  H.E. Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon. All the leaders were recognised for their contribution in the development of road and rail infrastructure in their respective countries.

And receiving the Awards on behalf of the President and RDA, Chief Executive Officer Engineer Kanyuka Mumba said the RDA was delighted to receive the award. He said the recognition was an affirmation of the work that the Agency was carrying out on behalf of Government.

He said the recognition had given the Agency impetus to push the road development Agenda forward.

The selection of deserving countries and Governments was done by a jury of renowned personalities in Africa. Acturoutes and ARB have the desire to contribute to the promotion of modern roads and efficient transports for the development of Africa.


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Members of the Steering Committee at Luangwa Bridge during the site visit

The European Union (EU) has expressed happiness with progress recorded on the Great East Road which is under rehabilitation from Luangwa Bridge to Mwami. 
EU Engineering Advisor for the Infrastructure Section to the Republic of Zambia and COMESA Mr. Stephen McCuskey said that he was happy to see the project advance in the last six months despite a number of challenges that had been recorded on the project.

Mr. McCuskey was speaking in Chipata recently after a visit of the Steering Committee to the Project. The Project Steering Committee comprises officials from the Ministry of Works and Supply, the Road Development Agency (RDA), the European Union and the European Investment Bank, the Contractor and the Consultants including other key stakeholders.

Mr. McCuskey who described the progress as impressive added that the Great East Road was the second Project that his institution was funding in the recent past after the Zimba- Livingstone Road in Southern province which was completed in 2010.  He said he was hopeful that the rehabilitation of the road would enable the people of Eastern Province to conduct their business in a more efficient manner.
He noted that even though the Project had taken longer than planned, it was the EU’s expectation that the project would be delivered by October, 2016 and according to the prescribed quality and standard. He said the EU through its European Development Fund (EDF) would continue to support Zambia as it had done in the last 40 years.

The Rehabilitation of the Great East  Road has been divided into   four  separate contracts namely:  Lot 1  covering 98.93 kilometers from Luangwa Bridge to Nyimba,  Lot 2  covering  114.78 kilometers from  Nyimba to Sinda, Lot 3  covering 95.5 kilometers from  Sinda to Mtenguleni  and Lot 4  covering 50.39 kilometers   from  Mutenguleni to Mwami Border. The EU is funding Lots 1, 3 and 4.

A newly  rehabilitated section of the Great North Road between  Sinda -Mutenguleni



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President Edgar Lungu cuts a ribbon to signify the commencement of upgrading works on Isoka - Muyombe - Chama - Lundazi Road

Republican President His Excellency Mr. Edgar Lungu has launched the upgrading to bituminous standard of the 230 kilometers Isoka - Muyombe - Chama - Lundazi Road in Muchinga and Eastern Provinces at a total cost of K1.3 Billion with a call to the Ministry of Works and Supply and Road Development Agency (RDA) to provide adequate supervision to the project.

Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Project at the Chama - Muyombe road Junction in Muchinga Province, President Lungu said the construction of roads which government had embarked on was coming at a very huge cost to Government and the tax payers and  that because of this reason, Government was expecting nothing short of quality work.

He said the construction and upgrading of the road in the area would greatly increase economic activities in terms of agriculture and trade. The construction of the road would also improve economic activities for individual communities, improve access to agricultural schemes, health facilities, schools and general infrastructure and also reduce travel time, transport costs and vehicle operating costs.

President Lungu said Government had placed great importance on the development and construction of roads because it was government’s belief that roads played a pivotal role in facilitating Zambia’s economic development.

The Project includes: the upgrading of 90 kilometers of Isoka - Muyombe - Chama – Lundazi (Lot 3) from Chire River to Chama/Muyombe Junction in Muchinga Province, 84 kilometers (Lot 4) from Chama/Muyombe Road Junction towards Lundazi up to 40 kilometers before Lundazi Town and 56 kilometers (Lot 5) comprising 40 kilometers to Lundazi town and 16 kilometers of Lusuntha border road in Eastern Province.

The scope of works for the Project includes but is not limited to construction of earthworks, pavement layers, drainage works, surfacing of the carriageway with double surface dressing and the provision of road furniture and ancillary works.

And speaking earlier, Acting Minster of Works and Supply, Hon. Steven Kampyongo, who is also Minister of Local Government and Housing said the people of Chama District were very happy at the transformation of Chama Town following the construction of township roads by Government. He said the roads had transformed the lives of the people who now had easy access to public services. Hon Kampyongo added that the people of Muchinga Province were looking forward to the construction of the Isoka - Muyombe - Chama - Lundazi Road which would ultimately improve their quality of life.

On 25th April, 2014, RDA awarded Lot 3 to AVIC International Project Engineering Company while Lots 4 and 5 were awarded to Messrs. China Civil Engineering Construction (Zambia) Limited and Sable Transport Limited respectively on 28th December, 2015.

The Project period for Lot 3 is 37 months at a contract sum of K 332.8 million while Lot 4 would be executed at a contract sum of K585.5 million within 24 months.  Lot 5 on the other hand would be executed within 18 months at a contract sum of K417. 1 million while Lot 3 is expected to be completed by June, 2017 while Lot 4 was earmarked for completion by February, 2018 and Lot 5 by July 2017.

The Chama - Muyombe junction, the Venue for the launch also showing the starting point of 80 kilometers stretch towards Lundazi awarded to China Civil Engineering

A section of the Muyombe Junction - Isoka Road (in its current form) to be upgraded to bituminous standard by AVIC International


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