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COURT ORDER HALTS WORKS ON MUNGWI ROAD

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Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary, Eng. Charles Mushota (in the middle) speaking to journalists during the tour of Mungwi road in Lusaka on 20/11/17

Rehabilitation works on a Mungwi road in Lusaka’s light industrial area have been temporarily put on hold by the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure following an injunction granted to ZESCO.

Speaking during a media tour Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development, Eng. Charles Mushota said the injunction was due to an alleged infringement on the ZESCO lines.

“The road works on Mungwi road have to halt until all the legal issues haves been sorted. The injunction only affects this road and our only worry is we had programmed ourselves to work before the rains begin seriously,” he said.

Eng. Mushota has since called on the general public who use Mungwi road and especially residents leaving in that part of the city to exercise patience as everything possible is being done to ensure that the matter between Road Development Agency (RDA) and ZESCO is resolved amicably.

Some of the machinery being used for construction on Mungwi road by AVIC International parked
Eng. Mushota further called on the residents not to encroach on the road reserves as they build their structures.
The upgrading of Mungwi dual carriageway was necessitated due to high volumes of traffic which is currently being experienced.
Mungwi road lays on a 6.6km stretch and is being constructed under the L400 phase II by AVIC International.
(R-L) RDA Director and CEO Eng. Elias Mwape, Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota, RDA Director Planning & Design, Eng. Dickson Ndhlovu and RDA Director Road Maintenance, Eng. William Mulusa on Mungwi road construction site.

EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT DELIVERY OF KEY ROAD PROJECTS CRITICAL-CHITOTELA PRODS NEW RDA BOARD

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Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister, Honorable Ronald Chitotela (far left) being welcomed by his Permanent Secretary, Eng. Charles Mushota and RDA Director Legal Services Mrs. Mukupa Musonda at Southern Sun Hotel

Effective and efficient delivery of key road infrastructure by Government is critical in the realization of its transformation agenda as outlined in the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP), Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honorable Ronald Chitotela has said.

Hon. Chitotela was speaking during the unveiling of the new Road Development Agency (RDA) Board of Directors at Southern Sun Hotel in Lusaka on 20th November, 2017.

“I wish to emphasize that Government expects you to settle immediately and to start performing the functions for which you have been appointed.

“I encourage you all to ensure that you apply yourselves fully to contribute to this important commitment,” Hon. Chitotela said.

He challenged the Board of Directors for RDA to provide practical solutions to the challenges that had confronted the road sector.

Hon. Chitotela noted that the road sector today is finding a sustainable solution to the inadequate funding situation.

He said the Government through the RDA has many road projects to be undertaken and many others in the pipeline.

Honorable Chitotela speaking during the inaugural ceremony of the new RDA Board at Southern Sun Hotel in Lusaka
Hon. Chitotela said all these projects cannot be implemented through funding from the treasury alone.
The road sector faces a number of challenges among them finding a sustainable solution to the inadequate funding to the sector.
He called on the board to resolve the huge debts owed to both the contractors and consultants which was negatively affecting Government’s efforts to deliver the critical projects across the country.
Hon. Chitotela further employed the new RDA Board of Directors to closely work with the Ministry, other road sector agencies and the Ministry of Finance to develop strategies that would ensure sustainable financing to the road sector.
The new Board of Directors will be headed by Mr. Samuel Mukupa as RDA Board Chairperson. Other members include; Eng. Charles Mushota (Permanent Secretary Ministry of Housing & Infrastructure Development), Ms. Pamela Chibonga Kabamba (Ministry of Finance), Eng. Wallace Mumba (CEO National Road Fund Agency), Mr. Likando Kalaluka (Attorney General Ministry of Justice), Eng. Dingles Yamfwa Mukanga (Engineering Institute of Zambia).
Mr. Mutaba Andrew Mwali (Zambia Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport), Mr. Zindaba Soko (CEO Road Transport And Safety Agency), Eng. Misheck Lungu (Permanent Secretary (Ministry of Transport and Communications), Mr. Amos Malupenga (Permanent Secretary Ministry of Local Government), Mrs. Mary Namwila (National Farmers Union).
The rest are Mr. Philip Zulu (National Science and Technology Centre), Mr. Matthews Ngulube (National Council for Construction), Mr. Fresco Mumba (Ministry of Agriculture), Dr. Andrew Chilufya(Principal Tourism Development Research Officer-Ministry of Tourism and Arts) and RDA Director and CEO Eng. Elias Mwape.
RDA Board Chairperson Mr. Samuel Mukupa delivers ant acceptance speech at Southern Hotel shortly after the induction of the board
Mr. Mukupa said leadership is all about shared vision and responsibility and assured Government that during his tenure, he intended to build on his past achievements in office.
“I am aware of the fact that the assignment is daunting therefore, I call on all my colleagues to join me to reflect on the past, critically assess the present and look forward to the future with greater hope and enthusiasm.
“I am fully aware that the there is a need for us to come together to save our country now, more than ever. The economic space is shrinking and businesses are facing greater threats; and the construction sector is not insulated from developments in the global economic space. It is therefore, incumbent upon us to respond quickly to the changing business environment so that we do not become irrelevant. Indeed, there is no better time than now to strengthen RDA and reposition it for the task ahead,” he said.
He said RDA had embarked on ambitious programmes, such as link Zambia 8000, Pave Zambia, L400, C 400, upgrading of Lusaka to Ndola Road into a dual carriageway and various other projects being implemented through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and using contractor financing.
Mr. Mukupa said a lot of efforts and resources have been deployed in the recent past by Government to ensure the actualization of the above projects.
“We shall continue to intensify efforts at Board level to ensure the realization of these goals. Ours is indeed a collective effort. My promise is to ensure full actualization of the projects we jointly embarked upon in the past, whilst ensuring that many more that will contribute to the elevation of the country to new heights are embarked upon as I provide the necessary leadership,” he said.
The new mandate of board runs for the next four years after the previous board of directors’ mandate came to end in December 2016.
Group photo for the new Board of Directors with the Minister of Housing and Infrastructure and Development Hon. Chitotela
Hon. Chitotela shaking hands with the new RDA Board of Directors
RDA Board Chairman Mr. Samuel Mukupa (far left) with other Board of Directors during the induction ceremony
Part of the RDA Board of Directors during the induction ceremony

EXIM BANK TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING ZAMBIA’S ROAD SECTOR

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The Export-Import Bank of China (EXIM) says it has so far approved funding for four major road projects in Zambia worth US$1 billion.

Exim bank of China Managing Director Transport Financing Department, Liu Ya has pledged the banks continued support to Zambia’s road sector as it was key to national development.

Ms. Liu disclosed this when she paid a courtesy call on Road Development Agency(RDA) Director and Chief Executive Officer Elias Mwape at RDA headquarter in Lusaka on November 10, 2017.

Ms Liu named the projects funded by EXIM Bank as the L400 phase I, phase II and the recently approved phase III.

Others are the Copperbelt (C400) Lot 1 and Lot 2.

The Export-Import Bank of China (EXIM) says it has so far approved funding for four major road projects in Zambia worth US$1 billion.

“Laying a solid development in infrastructure is key. That is why in China we have a saying, ‘if you want to get rich, you must build the road first,” she said.

Ms. Liu further said that China values the road sector’s contribution to economic growth.

“To conduct business one needs the road,” she said.

Ms Liu thanked AVIC International Holding Corporation for making a huge contribution to the road construction sector.

She also commended the RDA as the implementing Agency for making such strides in ensuring that the road projects were implemented.

Eng. Elias Mwape said Exim Bank has been the largest contributor in terms of external financing to the road sector in Zambia from 2016-2017.

Eng. Mwape highlighted some of the key projects that had been funded by Exim Bank of China as the Mongu-Kalabo road which was constructed at a total cost of US$286.9 million.

 

(L-R) RDA Senior Manager Finance, Honeychile Tyetye, Director Planning and Design Eng. Dickson Ndhlovu, Director and CEO Eng. Elias Mwape and Director Construction and Rehabilitation George Manyele

 

“The completion of Mongu-Kalabo road has transformed the area and improved communication.

“L400 phase I is another project that has transformed the surface of Lusaka and its outlook, Eng. Mwape said.

Eng. Mwape said phase II of L400 being done by AVIC International Holding Corporation was currently going on well and is aimed at reducing congestion in Lusaka city.

Mbala-Nakonde road is another project which was funded and successfully completed.

The Government of Zambia through the Road Development Agency has also engaged AVIC International to construct Copperbelt township roads that will transform the road network in the province.

Eng. Mwape added that AVIC International has constructed tollgates which have raised good revenue for road maintenance.
“We have put in place a maintenance regime to ensure that the roads being constructed are maintained from the revenue being collected.

“I wish to sincerely thank Exim Bank of China for its continued cooperation to the road sector and in particular the secret of prosperity that has been revealed, that if you want to be rich, you first build the infrastructure and the roads are key,” he said.


(L-R) AVIC International President Zhang Yan, EXIM Bank Managing Director, Transport Financing Department, Liu Ya, RDA Director and CEO Elias Mwapa and Acting Director Communications and Corporate Affairs, Anthony Mulowa at RDA HQ.

And speaking during the visit AVIC International Holding Corporation President, Ms. Zhang Yan who was also part of the entourage said she was happy to note that projects such as Mongu-Kalabo road were well implemented and running well.

“The country is becoming better because of the road construction. And all these projects have been realised because of the financing especially by Exim Bank,” she said.

Ms. Zhang said the AVIC team had tried its best to ensure projects constructed within the stipulated time frames.

Ms. Zhang delivering a speech at RDA HQ during the courtesy call

“We are now in the process of finalizing the financing of L400 Phase III, the financing loan agreement for phase III. All credit goes to Exim Bank’s efficiency actions and procedures.

“As AVIC International we remain committed to RDA and better efforts to construct roads,” Ms. Yan said.

Eng. Mwape presents a gift to Ms. Liu

 

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HID MINISTER TOURS ROAD PROJECTS ON COPPERBELT

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On Sunday September 17, 2017, Housing and Infrastructure minister Ronald Chitotela in the company of senior Road Development Agency (RDA) officials toured road infrastructure projects from Ndola to Solwezi. RDA officials in the minister’s entourage included, Director Construction and Rehabilitation Eng. George Manyele, acting Director Communications and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Anthony Mulowa and Copperbelt Regional Mananger Eng. Ziko Banda. The tour involved checking on road projects which included the Kitwe-Chingola dual carriageway, the much talked about Chingola-Solwezi road, bridges, walkways and other supporting facilities. Speaking when he checked works on a bridge at Copper Hill Mall in Kitwe, Hon. Chitotela said there was tremendous progress and works were at 73 per cent completion. He said there were no financial challenges on the project and urged the consultants to make sure the works were properly supervised and should not approve works not meeting specifications before certificates were issued.

Hon. Chitotela speaks to journalists during the tour of the projects


RDA Director Construction and Rehabilitation George Manyele said the bridge was part of the 45.5 kilometre Kitwe-Chingola dual carriageway.

The contract has awarded to Syno Hydro Construction Company and works on the Bridge are expected to be completed by October this year.

At Mwambashi Bridge just before Sabina turn-off, the minister said it was time for the country to reap from the investment as US$ 900 million was pumped in for the 45.5 kilometre road.

“So, since it is a dual carriageway we are talking about 90 kilometres not what other people are saying that Government is paying US$ 2 million per kilometer. The project also includes bridges which are costly,” he said He said the contractor was doing a good job and the Patriotic Front (PF) Government through the RDA will continue with projects started in 2011.

Left to right, Director Construction & Rehabilitation, Eng. George Manyele, Hon. Chitotela and Copperbelt Regional Manager Ziko Banda on the spot check of the rehabilitation of the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriageway

Mr Chitotela said Government wanted to reduce the travelling time between Kitwe and Chingola because of the huge traffic between the two towns.
He said the works on Mwambashi Bridge were at 80 per cent completion and by mid-October the road would be opened so that the other land could be worked on.
The Government will toll all economic roads for a return in investment and development will speak for itself.

On the 167 kilometre Chingola-Solwezi road, the minister said it was taking shape and people who used it six months ago would be surprised at the progress.

He commended the contractor China Geo which is working on the first 60 kilometre stretch under lot one and the RDA for the job well done.

He said the first 60 kilometres would be completed by the end of this year.

Eng. Manyele said so far 70 per cent works of the first lot had been completed under lot one and what remained was a toll plaza.

China Geo Chief engineer for lot one Xu Ling said the RDA had given his company 100 per cent support and there were no financial challenges.

He said by next month his company would finish its allocation of the Chingola-Solwezi road.

Mr Chitotela revealed that said Government had met its financial obligation on the roads from Ndola to Solwezi and K1.2 billion had been paid with the huge sum going to the Chingola-Solwezi road.

He said the total project sum was K1.9 billion and currently no contractor was owed any money for the works done.

He however, challenged Buildcon Construction that had been allocated 40 kilometres of the road under lot two to speed up the works.

He challenged the contractor to rise to the challenge and prepare payment certificates in order for the works to move fast.

Buildcon Construction managing director Moses Mubanga said works on the 40 kilometre stretch were on course.

Eng. Mubanga said that although the contract was up to July next year his company would have to compress the works in order to finish ahead of schedule.

He said there had been a lot of calls that the road should be completed this year but with support from the RDA the works would definitely progress.
China Geo lot three site manager Zhou Zhi Jian said the project was on course except that the company had to divert a river for the construction of the bridge before the road could be rolled out.

Under lot three the company is work on 67 kilometres of the road and turning a five kilomtre stretch in Solwezi into a duo carriageway.

The minister and the entourage at one of the culverts along the Kitwe-Chingola dual carriageway

The minister winded up his tour checking on some Solwezi township roads where he said Government would work on 25 kilometre township roads.

He also condemned people misleading Solwezi residents that it was mining companies that were working on some township roads in the district.

The minister said Government through the RDA was working on the roads in Solwezi and a five kilometer stretch in Kyawama was being turned into a dual carriageway.
He said he was disappointed that some people were telling residents that it was the mines that were working on the roads.

“This is a Government project and the private sector should not mislead people. Business houses should remain in busy and should not be involved in politics,” he said.
He said President Edgar Lungu had promised development to all parts of the country despite the voting patterns.

He said 25 kilometres of township roads in Solwezi would be worked.

Hon. Chitotela joins in compacting works on the culvert during the tour.

 

 

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