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MUCHINGA PROVINCE MINISTER CALLS FOR CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH CONTRACTORS

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Muchinga Province Minister Malozo Sichone

Muchinga Province Minister Malozo Sichone has urged the Road Development Agency (RDA) to devise mechanisms which will require contractors to be submissive to the provincial administrators of regions where roads are under construction.Hon. Sichone said he had found it a challenge to interface with some contractors in the region who said they were only answerable to the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development."This has made it a challenge for us to effectively supervise road projects hence outcomes like progress stalling," Hon. Sichone said.He said this in Chinsali when RDA Board Chairperson Samuel Mukupa called on him and provincial permanent secretary Dr. Jobbicks Kalumba.Hon. Sichone said improved road connectivity was essential in marketing Muchinga's prowess in sectors such as tourism, hence enhancing the area's contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Mr. Mukupa said the link Zambia 8,000 was an ambitious project aimed at interlinking the country and the Agency would ensure its successful completion.

RDA Board Chairperson Samuel Mukupa (in reflective jacket) with Muchinga Province Minister Malozo Sichone (blue shirt)

during a courtesy call. Next to Mr. Mukupa is Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary Dr. Jobbicks Kalumba

 

 

Mr Mukupa also met the contractor working on the 194 km Safwa - Chinsali - Mulilansolo Road, which he later toured.

Bari Zambia is the consultant of the project and its resident and supervising engineer Michael Kopulande said the project had been divided into two lots.Eng. Kopulande said lot one of the project was a 94km stretch between Safwa and Chinsali, with physical progress work at 27 per cent.He said the works were contracted to Raubex Contraction Zambia Limited at a cost of K264 million.Eng. Kopulande said lot two was the 100 km from Chinsali to Mulilansolo and had been contracted to Sino Hydro Cooperation Limited at a cost of K295 million.Lot two was currently 40 per cent complete, with 10 km of the stretch brought to bituminous standard.Mr. Mukupa said President Edgar Lungu wanted the road complete in earnest as it was of great importance to the farming and entire business community in the area.

 

Meanwhile, the RDA has committed to ensuring that a remaining 90 kilometres (km) of the 180 km Chipata-Lundazi Road in Eastern Province is brought to improved standard.RDA Eastern Province regional manager Thomas Zimba said the other 90km had been tarred by Sable Construction Company and was in good shape.Eng. Zimba said the Agency had, however secured K402, 000 from the Government for pothole patching, among other maintenance works on the stretch.He said this when RDA Board Chairperson Samuel Mukupa toured the road on an appreciation tour.Mr. Mukupa said the Government's commitment to ensuring that the stretch was road was entirely improved, was unquestionable.

He said the completion of the Lundazi - Chama Road was not only essential in the connection of Eastern and Muchinga Provinces but would expose the two regions to investment in mining, agriculture and tourism among other sectors.Mr. Mukupa said progress was also this year expected to be recorded on the construction of the 45 metre span Kampemba and 114 metre span Luangwa Bridges, across the Kampemba and Luangwa Rivers and connecting Eastern and Muchinga Provinces.The project's resident engineer Ailola Maimbolwa said the project was expected to gobble up K116.6 million.Chama District council chairperson Miggy Kawandama said the project was of great benefit to the people of the area, sentiments which were echoed by Geoffrey Ngoma, a resident who hailed the construction of the Luangwa Bridge.

SENIOR CHIEF NKULA URGES RDA TO SPEED UP WORKS ON THE SAFWA-CHINSALI-MULILANSOLO ROAD

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RDA Board Chairperson (right) with Senior Chief Nkula at his Palace in Chinsali

 

Senior Chief Nkula of the Bemba speaking people in Chinsali District has appealed to the Road Development Agency (RDA) to speed up construction works on the Safwa- Chinsali-Mulilasolo Road.

The traditional leader has however said that he is happy with the works so far done on the 194 kilometre stretch of the Safwa-Chinsali-Mulilansolo Road.

Senior Chief Nkula said the Road was a busy one and that he had allocated farm land to his subjects who used the facility to transport crops to the market.

He said this when RDA Board Chairperson Mr. Samuel Mukupa and staff called on him at his palace.

“I am very excited to see that the project has gained momentum and I wish to encourage you to continue with the good work,” he said.

The chief said he was also elated with the corporate social responsibility programmes undertaken by Sino Hydro Cooperation Limited, one of the company contracted by the RDA to work on the Road.

Mr. Mukupa said the road had been given priority of completion, owing to its economic value.

The road has been divided into two lots, with lot one, a 94 km stretch between Safwa and Chinsali envisaged to gobble up K264 million at the completion point, being done by Raubex Construction Zambia Limited, currently standing at 27 per cent physical progress recorded so far.

Lot two is a 100 km stretch between Chinsali and Mulilansolo and works are currently at 40 per cent completion point and expected to gobble K295 million and worked on by Sino Hydro Cooperation Limited of China.

MUKUPA UPBEAT ON KALABO-SIKONGO ROAD WORKS

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RDA Board Chairperson Mr. Samuel Mukupa (in reflective jacket)  speaking to the press during a tour of

Kalabo-Sikongo Road – 12/01/18

 

CONSTRUCTION of the 85 kilometres Kalabo-Sikongo Border gate Road in Western Province is expected to resume soon, after three months of stagnation.

Road Development Agency (RDA) board chairperson, Mr. Samuel Mukupa said the project contractor; Stefanutti Stocks of South Africa, would resume works on the Kalabo-Sikongo Road and that an extra release of funds would soon be made for the K959 million project.

The up grading of Kalabo-Sikongo border gate road project will bring about a lot of economic opportunities between Zambia and Angola.

"This road is of great importance as a link between this part of Zambia and Angola, as such great importance has been attached to its completion," Mr Mukupa said.

RDA Board Chairman, Mr Samual Mukupa(fouth from left) with RDA Director Construction and Rehabiltation

Eng. George Manyele (his immediate right)and resident engineer Boniface Wainaina of Wanjohi Consulting

engineers (on Mr. Mukupa’s immediate left) during the tour of the Kalabo-Sikongo road

 

Mr. Mukupa said this when he toured the project on January 12, 2018 after holding a successful meeting with Stefanutti project manager Christo Jansen van Vuuren and resident engineer Boniface Wainaina of Wanjohi Consulting engineers among other officials.

Eng. Wainaina said 26 percent of the total contract sum had already been serviced by the client for the project which has a two-year timeframe.

Eng. Jansen van Vuuren said currently; works were at 18 percent completion point and the road would be supplemented by a 75-metre Spin Bridge across the Barotse flood plains.

 

The Kalabo-Sikongo road in its current state


RDA Board Chairperson Mr. Samuel Mukupa (in green reflective jacket) with the entourage inspecting

the Kalabo – Sikongo Road earmarked for construction – 12/01/18


Some culverts that have been put on the Kalabo-Sikongo

 

Meanwhile, Mr. Mukupa said the Agency was happy with the condition of the Mongu-Kalabo Road and the King Imwiko Lubosi II Bridge which were commissioned by the Agency in April 2016.

The road and bridge, which cross over the River Zambezi, were built between October 2011 and April 2016.

Mr. Mukupa said it was a milestone for the Agency to execute the project which gobbled up US$ 286 million.


"But after the construction of the road and bridge, travel time has significantly reduced, with road travel fetching K35 only as compared to K165 per person," Mr. Mukupa said.

BOOST PACE ON TURNPIKE-MAZABUKA ROAD WORKS-RDA CEO

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The Road Development Agency (RDA) is disappointed with the slow pace of the emergency repair works on the 70 kilometre Turnpike-Mazabuka Road.

RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Engineer Elias Mwape said the Agency had summoned the contractor, Inyatsi Roads Zambia Limited to explain why the K65 million emergency repair works in the one year project which commenced last month, was dragging.

"The works here and attitude of the contractor towards work are not inspiring at all; this project is of emergency nature due to the increased volume of traffic and the contactor needs to speed up," Eng. Mwape said.

 

RDA Director and CEO, Eng. Elias Mwape (in cap) during an on the spot check of the rehabilitation of the

Turnpike-Mazabuka road. 14/01/2018

 

 

Eng. Mwape made the remarks on January 14, 2018 after touring the road which connects Lusaka and Southern Provinces.

 

Inyatsi site foreman Maxwell Chinkuli however could not comment referred all queries to the firm's management.

 

RDA Director and CEO Eng. Elias Mwape accompaied by acting Director Communications and Corporate Affairs

Mr. Anthony Mulowa speaking to journalits after the tour of the Turnpike-Mazabuka Road. 14/01/2018

 

Meanwhile, RDA Board chairperson Samuel Mukupa was happy with the progress on the construction of the Choma toll plaza.

The project being undertaken by AVIC International is set for completion in April this year at a cost of US$3 million.

AVIC resident engineer Rajesh Kumar told Mr. Mukupa when he toured the construction site of the facility that works were progressing well.

"We moved on site in September, 2017 and progress is at 40 per cent. Works are on schedule ahead of deadline on April 27, 2018," Mr Kumar said.

Mr. Mukupa, who was accompanied by Southern Province Permanent Secretary Mwangala Liomba, encouraged motorists to embrace the road tolling programme as it was key in sustainable road infrastructure maintenance.

Earlier during a courtesy call on Mr Liomba, Mr Mukupa said the Agency was committed to ensuring that the province was not left behind in receiving an improved road network.

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