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•	Road Development Agency (RDA) Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Elias Mwape (third from left), China State Construction Engineering Limited Managing Director Feng Weibo (immediate Right) and China Railway Seventh Group Zambia Limited Managing Director Li Songquan (immediate left) during the signing ceremony

The Road Development Agency (RDA) has signed two contracts for the rehabilitation of the Great North Road from Chinsali to Nakonde in Muchinga Province.
Lot 1, from Chinsali to Isoka, a 103 kilometre stretch has been awarded to China State Construction Engineering Limited at a contract sum of K 785, 773, 382. 49 and Lot 2, with a stretch of 107 from Isoka to Nakonde has been awarded to China Railway Seventh Group Co. Zambia Limited at a contract sum of K713, 866, 768.53.
Lot 2 also includes the urban section of the road to the border with Tanzania.
The project will be financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) which is contributing US$193 million, Africa Growing Together Fund US$ 50 million and US$12. 76 million from the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ).
RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Elias Mwape said during the signing ceremony that the rehabilitation of the Chinsali - Nakonde Road would be executed within 40 months.
“The scope of works includes but not limited to clearing and grubbing, earthworks, bituminous surfacing related works; and road signage and ancillary works. The road carriageway will be widened from the current 6.1 metres to 7.0 metres and will include a hard shoulder of 2.0 metres wide in order to enhance safety,” Eng. Mwape said.
In addition to the main civil works, the entire project also includes several other components such as the rehabilitation of 50 kilometres of feeder roads in Chinsali and Isoka Districts which are currently under procurement, the planting of 10,000 trees along the project road and sinking of 15 boreholes at various locations in the surrounding areas along the corridor.
Other works include technical assistance to RDA and provision of consultancy services for the supervision of civil works and technical audits to foster quality and enhance sustainability and support for the capacity building for women contractors with the objective of empowering women and contribution to developing road maintenance capacity for the sustainability of the road network.
“The rehabilitation of the 210 km Chinsali – Nakonde Road works would encompass the reconstruction of the road under two Lots; Lot 1: Chinsali-Isoka (km 0 – km 103); and Lot 2: Isoka-Nakonde from 103 km – 210 km to be implemented concurrently,” he said.
The RDA CEO stated that the tender was governed by an International Competitive Bidding (ICB) process that culminated into the two best evaluated bidders being awarded the contracts respectively.
He said that a total of thirty-five firms from Europe, Asia and Africa expressed interest in the tender and a total of sixteen firms were prequalified with eleven submitting the bids. 
The Chinsali-Nakonde Road section forms a part of the Great North Road (T2), which is a section of international routes: the Trans-Africa highway and the North South Corridor (NSC).
The North-South Corridor is a joint COMESA/EAC/SADC Aid for trade initiative, and the primary aim is to reduce the transport costs along this priority corridor which links the port of Dar-es-salaam in Tanzania to the Copperbelt, Southern DRC and Northern Zambia and connects to the southern ports of South Africa (Durban) and Mozambique.
The corridor with its spurs, services eight countries in the region-Tanzania, DR Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.
“The project road was constructed to a bitumen surfaced road in the 1970’s and it has progressively deteriorated despite several maintenance interventions.
The poor condition of the road is detrimental to the movement of goods, services and people and a major intervention has been deemed necessary to ensure that this critical route does not present a transit bottleneck for trade in the region”, Eng. Mwape said.
China State Construction Engineering (CSCEC) Limited Managing Director Feng Weibo said his company was ranked number 23 in the global fortune 500 in 2018 with a turnover of US$ 156 billion.
He said by the end of 2017, CSCEC had completed more than 5000 projects in 120 countries. 
“We will devote all our experiences and resources to fulfill this project, in carrying out the construction with scientific planning, careful organization and solid work. We will take all necessary measures to improve the living standards and protect the environment as well,” he said.
Meanwhile China Railway Seventh Group Zambia Limited Managing Director Li Songquan said that the company had been in the infrastructure industry in Zambia since 2005 and had completed several road and bridge projects.
He assured the nation of full commitment towards successful completion of the project and fulfilment of all contractual obligations during the course of the project.
He pledged that China Railway Seventh Group Zambia Limited would deliver a satisfactory project and would complete within the contract period.

Eng. Mwape exchanges contract documents with Mr. Feng Weibo after signing the contract for Lot 1.


Eng. Mwape with Mr. Li Songquan after signing of the contract for Lot 2.





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President Lungu flanked by Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Honorable Ronald Chitotela (r),Lusaka Province Minister Honorable Bowman Lusambo (l), Special Assistant to the President for Project Monitoring and Implementation Mr. Andrew Chellah (far left) and RDA Director and CEO Eng. Mwape(far right) touring some of the Roads under L400 Phase II

President Edgar Lungu has said Government is committed to transforming Zambia as can be evidenced by the massive infrastructure projects being undertaken. 
“We are trying to change the face of the country as can be attested through the construction of roads,” President Lungu said when he inspected roads in Lusaka on September 15, 2018 under the L400 phase II project.
The Head of State said that roads come with economic prosperity as they facilitated activities such as trade and agriculture.
“Roads come with economic prosperity for example farmers would be able to trade quickly, sell fresh produce and save on time,” he said
Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development, Hon. Ronald Chitotela informed the President that plans were underway to build a flyover bridge at Mandevu junction up to Kafue roundabout passing through Cairo road.
Hon. Chitotela said the pedestrians were also being considered and a footbridge at Heroes stadium would be constructed.
And RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Elias Mwape disclosed that the Agency conducted a research to compare if the roads being constructed were cheaper compared to other countries following reports that the Zambian roads were expensive.
“Your Excellency when we heard reports by some experts claiming that road construction in Zambia is the most expensive in the region, we did our own research, we collected the information from the road Agencies within the region and compared, we actually found that our roads are much cheaper than what is existing in other countries in the region,” Eng. Mwape said.
The President inspected some of the road projects under phase II namely Lumumba road (7.120 km), Mungwi road (6.659 km), Great North Road (6.610 km) and Ngwerere to Kasisi Road (21 km).
The second phase of the road project for the engineering design, rehabilitation and construction/upgrading of selected Lusaka Urban Roads is approximately 146 km at a total cost of US$ 241,180,000.00 and the project is being undertaken by AVIC-International Project Company.
A total number of 41 sub-contractors have since been attached to various projects under L400 Phase II.
The project aims to rehabilitate and upgrade selected roads in the city of Lusaka, Central Business District (CBD), residential areas, industrial and commercial areas.
The project also aims at widening of major roads from two lanes to four and six lanes including Pedestrian Walkways and Bus bays on various bus routes.


Honorable Ronald Chitotela welcoming H.E President Edgar Lungu

RDA Director & CEO Eng. Elias Mwape welcoming H.E President Edgar Lungu

President Lungu inspecting the drainages along Mungwi road and was not happy that people are throwing litter in the drainages

RDA Director and CEO Eng. Elias Mwape explaining to President Lungu how the road is designed according to the traffic volume at the junction of Lumumba road and Great North Road, looking on is Minister of Infrastructure Honorable Chitotela (right) and Lusaka Province Minister Honorable Lusambo ( Left).

President Lungu also inspected some of the demolished structures along Great North Road at kabanana junction that were demolished and the owners of the structures have since being compensated.

President Lungu talking to RDA Director for Communications and Corporate Affairs
Mr. Masuzyo Ndhlovu and Lusaka Regional Manager Eng. Chabala Pandeki

President Lungu inspected Ngwerere Bridge which is part of L400 Phase II whose works are at 80% on completion.

Ongoing works at Ngwerere Bridge

Lumumba drainage ongoing works


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Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Ronald Chitotela (third from left) with Nchanga Member of Parliament Chali Chilombo Copperbelt Minister Japhen Mwakalombe, RDA Director Road Maintenance Eng. William K. Mulusa and Copperbelt Regional Manager Eng. Joseph Himululu touring Chingola Township roads

Housing and Infrastructure Development minister Ronald Chitotela says he is impressed with the quality of works done on the massive rehabilitation of Chingola Township.
Hon. Chitotela who toured various road projects on the Copperbelt including the Chingola Township roads said the works were impressive and congratulated all those involved in the development process.
The minister has however, challenged Zambian contractors to be serious and approach the construction business with renewed vigour.

New look Chingola

He said he was disappointed that the contract to rehabilitate the Chingola-Solwezi road had been delayed by Buildcon Construction Company which had not yet completed its section.
He urged the contractor to speed up works and warned that there would be no more extension of the works contract.
Hon. Chitotela commended Swift Cargo Construction, a Zambian owned entity and China Geo for completing their sections of work.
Copperbelt Minister Japhen Mwakalombe who had also accompanied Hon. Chitotela said works on Chingola Township roads had shamed critics.
Hon. Mwakalombe said a number of jobs had also been created in the mining town thereby putting money in people’s pockets.
Nchanga Member of Parliament Chali Chilombo commended the Government for improving the road network in Chingola.
Hon. Chilombo said Chingola had been previously referred to as a “War zone” due to the bad state of the roads.
He said with the new developments, Chingola was ready to be awarded a City status.

Sub-contractors doing the pavements on the Chingola Township roads


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President Edgar Lungu has expressed concern with some Contractors that are not adhering to the 20 percent sub-contracting policy.
President Lungu has warned that the issue of capacity should not be used as a scapegoat as the National Council for Construction (NCC) was there to address matters relating to inadequate capacity

Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Honorable Ronald Chitotela giving an insight on works done at the Garneton toll plaza to President Lungu during the tour of road projects on the Copperbelt

“We want to upscale the sub-contracting policy to 50 percent. I am getting reports that we are being deceived by the 20 percent component. It should be an obligation and when they say they (local contractors) don’t have capacity, the NCC should come in and help,” he said.
The President made the remarks when he inspected works on the Chingola-Solwezi road on August 21, 2018. The President also toured various road projects in Chingola and Kitwe.
The President also took a swipe at some Contractors who are sub-contracting fellow Chinese companies to do the works meant for the locals.
He also said that the only way local contractors could acquire the necessary expertise to handle major contracts was through adherence to the 20% sub-contracting policy by foreign construction companies.
President Lungu urged the Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Honorable Ronald Chitotela and his special assistant for Project Monitoring and Implementation Mr. Andrew Chellah to ensure that the sub-contracting policy was adhered to by all companies.

RDA Acting Director and CEO Eng. William K. Mulusa explaining to President Lungu the on-going works at Chingola-Solwezi Toll plaza.


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President Lungu talks to Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Hon. Chitolela during an inspection of Garneton toll plaza

President Lungu talks to Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Hon. Chitolela during an inspection of Garneton toll plaza

A group picture with Housing and Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota (5th from the right)

Kabundi township road under rehabilitation in Chingola

Part of the roads under rehabilitation in Chingola

Chingola –Solwezi toll plaza construction works

Chingola south township road works

President Lungu and Hon. Chitotela inspecting on-going works at Garneton plaza

Garneton toll plaza under construction

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