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Construction of the Kazungula Bridge launched

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•	Vice President Dr. Guy Scott operating an excavator to signify the launch of construction works of the Kazungula Bridge on Friday, 12th September, 2014 in Kasane, Botswana. Looking on is Transport, Work, Supply and Communications Minister, Yamfwa Mukanga.

Republican Vice - President Dr. Guy Scott and his Botswana Counterpart, Dr. Ponatshego Kedikilwe have jointly commissioned the construction of the 923m Kazungula Bridge across the Zambezi River to include the construction of the one stop border post on both the Zambian side and the Botswana side at the total cost of US$259.3 million. 
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony in Kazungula on the Botswana side last Friday, Dr. Scott said the construction of the bridge would promote trade and enhance regional integration in the North-South Corridor. He said the bridge will ease the movement of goods and services not only between Zambia and Botswana but the whole SADC region.
“Kazungula Bridge construction shall reverse the negative trends such as the reduction in transit time from the current one half days to two hours. At present, traffic flow across the Zambezi River with the two ferries is restricted to approximately 30 trucks per day per ferry in each direction. The Border facilities in both Zambia and Botswana sides of the river are inadequate,” he said.
The Vice President noted with concern that the current facilities at the border where out dated and unable to provide the quality service required for an efficient transport system. He said the direct benefits of the project included but not limited to job creation during construction and after the construction phase, facilitation and easy movement of products within the region including agriculture and mining equipment, increased opportunities for intra and regional trade activities.
And speaking at the same, Botswana Vice President Dr. Kedikilwe said the Bridge was envisaged to become a hive of commercial activity that would bring together Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana to form what he termed the ZIZANABO Upper Zambezi Development Zone. He said the bridge was a good omen for the four countries adding that the project would coincide with the agreements between Botswana and South Africa to construct bridges at the Limpompo River at Ramtoswa and one at Platjan near Bobonong.
Dr. Kedikilwe said the Project was a demonstration of the common resolve to advance issues of sustainable development that would open up the avenues of sustainable development, improved trade and economic diversification. He said the two countries had overcome huddles to come to the ground breaking stage of the project which was worth celebrating.
“Today’s competitive market calls for faster and higher service delivery and the challenge is to ensure traffic traversing the corridors remained equally competitive. I therefore commend the SADC leaders for their visionary, transformative leadership and commitment to grow economies, trade, job creation and well-being of the people,” he said.
He said the bridge and accompanying facilities which where estimated at US$259.3 million  had been financed by the Japanese International  Cooperation Agency (JICA) which had contributed 57.5 per cent, the African Development Bank, 31.5 per cent with the governments of Zambia and Botswana contributing 9.2 per cent each and the European Union under the ITF grant 1.8 per cent.
In moving a vote of thanks, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga  said despite the feasibility studies  and design having been completed in 2001 and the review in 2008 it was only at this time when construction of the bridge was being advanced.
The ground breaking ceremony took place in the Botswana border town of Kazungula approximately 200 meters away from the bank of the Zambezi River. The event was attended by Chiefs and other traditional leaders from both countries, the Speaker of Botswana, the Minister of Transport and Communications from Botswana, Hon. Nonofo Molefhi, Minister of Lands from Zambia, Hon. Mwansa Kapeya and several dignitaries and heads of government departments from both countries.
Hon. Mukanga had on the previous day officially handed over 40 houses that where newly constructed for the people of Lumbo village who will be displaced during the construction of the Kazungula Bridge. The housing project also included a two by three classroom school with water borne toilets and Ventilated Improved Pitlatrines (VIP).

Vice President launches the Michael Chilufya Sata Bridge.

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Republican Vice President Dr. Guy Scott jointly cuts the ribbon with Senior Chieftainess NKomeshya Mukamambo II (in hat) and Chieftainess Chiawa (in glasses) to signify the official opening of the Michael Chilufya Sata Bridge in Chiawa on Friday, 22nd August, 2014. Below: Pictures of the Michael Sata Bridge.

Vice President Dr.Guy Scott has officially opened the completed K253.8million World Bank funded Bridge across the Kafue River and named it after Republican President, Michael Chilufya Sata.


Dr. Scott said the new bridge would be called Michael Chilufya Sata Bridge describing it as the President’s birthday present. He said the naming of the Bridge followed a proposal from Chieftainess Chiawa who had suggested that the bridge be named after the republican president as his birthday gift.

 


 


The Vice President said the construction of the Bridge was an achievement for the Government and yet another fulfillment of the Patriotic Front’s promise made during the run up to September, 2011 tripartite elections. He said the bridge would open up Chiawa and the Lower Zambezi to potential investments.


The purpose of this development is not to please the eyes but development meant to help the poor. Government deliberately constructed the bridge to help the people of Chiawa cross the river at any time they wanted. The Vice President said the only danger of having the bridge for the local people was that land would become expensive and therefore disadvantaging them from acquiring it.


Dr. Scott further ordered ZAWA officers to be alert and protect wildlife as the bridge would help boost tourism in the area with chances of increased levels of poaching. He said the boost in the tourism industry will help create employment for the local people.


Speaking at the same function, Transport ,Works, Supply and Communications Minister Hon. Yamfya Mukanga said there could be no better time to hand over the bridge to the people than now as the country prepared to celebrate its Golden Jubilee.


“For me this is the best Jubilee gift to the people of this area and the country as a whole. As a Ministry and government, we have continued to record success after success to deliver on the promise to improve Zambia’s infrastructure, particularly roads and crossing points”, he said.


Hon Mukanga added that credit should go to all stakeholders that made it possible to construct the Michael Chilufya Sata Bridge but expressed sorrow for the loss of Engineer Gerald Ngulube who tragically lost his life in an accident. The Bridge which has been constructed by the Road Development Agency (RDA) through China Henan International Corporation (CHICO) as the contractor and Arab Consulting Engineers as supervisors has been constructed within a period of two years starting November, 2012.


And Lusaka Province Minister Hon. Philip Kosamu expressed happiness on behalf of all the beneficiaries in Chiawa and Chirundu in particular and Lusaka Province in general   on the delivery of yet another huge government project. ”I am grateful to government for fulfilling its promise to build a bridge across the Kafue river”, he said.
He further thanked the Road Development Agency (RDA) for effectively implementing the project and all stake holders who include the contractor, the consultant and the local people.


“As a province ,we are grateful that we have been given a fair share of road projects which include the leopards Hill-Katoba basic school road, the Kasisi –Ngwerere, the Lusaka –Chirundu via Kafue, the Luangwa-Feira, Chongwe - Chalimbana and L400 road projects”,  said Hon Kosamu. He retaliated government’s efforts to improve the state of roads in Lusaka.


Meanwhile, World Bank Country Director Kundhavi Kadiresan has thanked government for the on-going collaboration in various sectors of the economy. She said the World Bank’s current support to Zambia amounts to US$570million covering many sectors including education, agriculture, energy, health and transport.
She further added that in 2007, the World Bank accepted Zambia’s request for additional financing to an existing project, the road Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project. The purpose of this additional financing was to assist Zambia carry out repairs to bridges and other drainage structures that were damaged during the floods in 2005.


”The bridge is an addition to the ongoing efforts by government to realize the alternative route between Lusaka and Chirundu, which is part of SADCs north-south corridor, linking land locked Zambia to its neighbors”, said Kadiresan.


She said she believed that the Michael Chilufya Sata bridge  would make a positive contribution at both local and regional levels in terms of trade, movement of people and the quality of life.


And Seniors Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II of the soli people urged the local residents of Chiawa to utilize the bridge to enhance their livelihood through businesses. She also urged the chiefs in the area to protect the poor.


At the same event, Chieftainess Chiawa commended government for building a bridge in her chiefdom. “The gap between the poor and the rich can not be narrowed by words but by action thus president Michael Chilufya Sata is an action oriented man”, she said.


She said her people had many difficulties moving from one place to the other saying they used to die on their way to the hospital due to lack of an ambulance and a bridge. She thanked government for donating an ambulance and building the people of chiawa a bridge.


The bridge has a total length of 140m and consists of three spans. The first and third are 40m in length and middle span 60m. In addition, the bridge has approach roads with a total length of 1600m translating into 10.4m with 1.5m pedestrian walkway on both sides and 7.4 carriageways. The bridge has been constructed with lighting poles on both bridge deck and approach roads.


With the successful completion of bridge, it will enhance development of agriculture, tourism, ease movement of people, boost businesses as well as enhance delivery of various services such as health and education. The bridge is also expected to save as a link between the lower Zambezi and Lusaka.

Itezhi Tezhi – Mumbwa Road Project launched

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His Honour the Vice President, Dr. Guy Scott, disembarks from a Reclaimer he operated to officially launch the Mumbwa/Itezhi- Tezhi junction to Itezhi Tezhi (109km) Road Project in Itezhi Tezhi on 14th August, 2014.

 

Republican Vice President Dr. Guy Scott has launched the construction of the 109 kilometre Itezhi – Tezhi to Mumbwa road at a total cost of K285.8 million with works to be undertaken by a Zambian company, Build Trust Construction Limited in joint venture with Power Flex (z) Limited.
Speaking when he officially commissioned the project yesterday in Itezhi-Tezhi, Dr. Scott said he was happy that a Zambian Company had been awarded the contract to work on the road and cautioned the contractor to keep the standards extremely high because it was government’s policy to empower Zambian companies so that they could perform even beyond what the foreign contractors were doing.
He reiterated government’s commitment to improve road infrastructure countrywide by opening up new connections to Provinces and Districts across the country under the Link Zambia 8000 road project. He disclosed that his desire was to see an additional 10km of township roads being constructed within Itezhi Tezhi adding that another (7) kilometers under the Resettlement Scheme in the office of the Vice President be added to go to Masali Resettlement Scheme. 
He advised the Ministry of Local Government and Housing to liaise with the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications to conclude the matter before the contractor completed the Project so that they could be given the contract to do township roads as well.
“I am now directing the the Ministry of Local Government and Housing to negotiate with the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications to get an extra 10km of local roads added to the same contract as this venture will open up the this district into a city “, said Dr. Scott.
And speaking at the same function, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Hon. Yamfya Mukanga said government through the Road Development Agency was fulfilling its promise to develop the road infrastructure.
He said the road which was first constructed in 1976 and deteriorated due to lack of maintenance and was downgraded to gravel in the early 2000’s. He said the same road was now being upgraded to bituminous standard complete with road signage, road markings and drainage structures.
Meanwhile Central province Permanent secretary Edwidge Mutale has commended government for bringing development to Itezhi –Itezhi and added that the road would open more doors for investments.
The completion of the road will also ease transportation of the produce to the markets. Travel time and vehicle operating costs are also expected to be reduced once the road is completed. Tourism activities in the Kafue National Park will also be enhanced.

His Honor the Vice President Dr. Scott addressing the gathering at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Project

 

Well Done – Eng. Chiwala tells RDA Lusaka Show Exhibitors

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RDA Principal Public Relations Officer,  Wezzy Chomba (who was also acting Stand Manager), receiving the award on behalf of RDA from wife of the Show Society President, Mrs. Anderson Murray in the Showground Main Arena on Monday, 4th August, 2014.

 

Road Development Agency (RDA) Director and Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Bernard Chiwala has congratulated the Agency for scooping the first Prize in the Best Infrastructure Development Category at the just ended 2014 Zambia Agriculture and Commercial Show organized by the Agriculture and Commercial Society of Zambia (ACSZ).
In a message to the exhibitors shortly after the presentation of the award to the Agency by the wife of the President of the ACSZ, Mrs. Anderson Murray, Eng. Chiwala simply put it “Well done” to the team.  The Agency beat several other contenders that included the Zambia National Service (ZNS), who scooped the trophy in 2013, Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL), who came out second this year, the University Teaching Hospital (3rd Prize) and the sister Agency, National Road Fund Agency (NRFA), who scooped the trophy in 2011.
Among the infrastructure that the RDA showcased at this year’s show was the model of the Leopards Hill – Katoba Basic School - Chirundu Road via Chiawa which captured both the paved 43.8km Leopards Hill to Katoba Section and the Unpaved 96km of Katoba to Chirundu. The road model also depicted the landscape showing most of the prominent features alongside the road including the Hills and mountains, livestock and major faming activities, the  communication towers, the Mikango Baracks, the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone, State Lodge and the newly constructed Chirundu Bridge across the Kafue River linking with Lusaka – Kafue – Chirundu Road.
It showed the unpaved section of the road meandering through the mountains clearly giving a visual impression of where road would pass once upgraded. The model also showed the green forest or bush through which the 133.8km road traverses from State Lodge in Lusaka to Chirundu via Chiawa Bridge. The Agency also exhibited a toll plaza to be constructed in Shimabala area between Chilanga and Kafue in Lusaka Province.
Among the dignitaries that visited the stand were the Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga who encouraged who expressed satisfaction with the exhibits and encouraged the team to explain the details of the exhibition the public. RDA Board Chairman, Mr. Willie Nsanda also visited the stand.

Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga (in blue suit) with his Deputy, Col. Panji Kaunda admire the Leopards Hill – Katoba – Chirundu Road Model at the RDA stand

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