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PRESIDENT LUNGU LAUNCHES REHAB WORKS FOR MPOROKOSO-KAPUTA ROAD

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President Lungu on arrival at the arena for the ground-breaking ceremony of the Mporokoso-Nsama-Kaputa road in Nsama District.

President Edgar Lungu has launched works for the rehabilitation of the 260 kilometres Mporokoso-Nsama-Kaputa road via Mutundu gate and to Nsumbu in Northern Province at a cost of K270, 245, 586.12.

President Lungu said the Government was delivering on the many promises in its quest to better the lives of Zambians, especially in the rural areas which had for a very long time did not receive its fair share of the national cake.

“Several infrastructural projects such as the building of schools, clinics, hospitals and roads have in the past been launched in the province to accelerate development.

“It is for this reason that I am here to launch the rehabilitation works of the Mporokoso-Nsama-Kaputa road. The Mporokoso-Nsama-Kaputa road via Mutundu gate and to Nsumbu is in a deplorable state hence the resolve by the Government to rehabilitate the road,” President Lungu said.

President Lungu operates a Grader to signify the official launch of the works.
The President said this during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mporokoso-Nsama-Kaputa road at Nsama grounds in Nsama District.
He said the province was endowed with vast economic potential and it is the desire of his administration to ensure that it tapped into the area by providing various social amenities that will spur growth.
President Lungu said the Mporokoso-Nsama-Kaputa road was a very important economic carriage linking the province to Nsumbu national park, Kasaba bay and other important sites on the northern tourism circuit.
“As a result of the importance of this link, the Government through the Road Development Agency (RDA) has engaged China Geo-Engineering Corporation to rehabilitate 260 kilometres of Mporokoso-Nsama-Kaputa road via Mutundu gate and to Nsumbu at a cost of K270, 245, 586.12,” he said.
He said this road would act as a catalyst to the growth of agriculture in the province as inputs would easily be transported to the farmers while the produce would easily be ferried to the markets.
Further, the cost of doing business would be drastically reduced as travel time would be reduced.
“Tear and wear of motor vehicle parts would also be minimized as we would have a good road that will also open up the area and be serviced by increased public service vehicles,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu said it was the desire of the Government to empower the Zambian owned contractors and hence Government policy that a minimum of 20% of all Government-funded road contracts awarded by the ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development through the RDA, local road authorities through the ministry of Local Government and other Government institutions should be executed by Zambian-citizen owned companies in line with the shareholding structure specified in the in Citizens Economic Empowerment Act no. 9 of 2006, whose overall goal is to contribute to sustainable economic development, by building capacity in Zambian-owned companies.
President Lungu said engaging local small and medium scale contractors as sub-contractors on the project was one way of ensuring job creation for the people whilst simultaneously helping to build the capacity of local contractors for them to be able to take up bigger projects in future.
Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Vincent Mwale said the launch was a clear demonstration of President Lungu’s unwavering commitment to develop the country in order to accelerate the national road construction programme of transforming Zambia into a truly land linked country.
Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Vincent Mwale delivering his remarks.
Hon. Mwale said the Government through the Road Development Agency has (RDA) been implementing several major projects with the aim of creating connectivity, accessibility, lowering of the transport costs, reduction in transit times and poverty reduction through job and wealth creation for many Zambians.
“The rehabilitation of the Mporokoso-Nsama-Kaputa via Mutundu gate to Nsumbu could not have come at a better time than now. Some parts of the region are already receiving some rains, and this could have led to this region being cut off from the rest of the country if there was no intervention done, particularly on the bridges and other drainage structures,” he said.
He said the scope of the works would include grading and gravelling where there was excessive erosion, drainage works, construction of culverts and accommodation of traffic and maintenance of diversion.
He said the ministry would work diligently to make sure that Governments dream to transform Zambia into a truly land linked country through quality, and sustainable road infrastructure is realised.

GOVT IMPRESSED WITH WORKS AT KAZUNGULA BRIDGE

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Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Hon. Vincent Mwale, officials from the Ministry, officials from the RDA and KBP inspect the Kazungula Bridge Project on the September 18, 2019.

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honourable Vincent Mwale says Government is committed to paying its dues towards the Kazungula Bridge Project (KBP) so that the project is completed by June 2020.
Meanwhile, Hon. Mwale has described as impressive the progress so far recorded at the KBP.
Speaking during a familiarization tour of the Kazungula Bridge Project, Hon. Mwale said Government attached great importance to the project and that the Zambian Government could not afford to delay it any further.
Hon. Mwale disclosed that the Government had released US$800, 000 towards the settling of an Interim Payment Certificate (IPC) last week.
The Minister assured that Government would honour the payments towards the construction of the bilateral Bridge across the Zambezi river between Botswana and Zambia.
“We can see for ourselves how many trucks are lined up on the Botswana and Zambian side trying to cross using the pontoon available to the Zambian side and vice-versa, this is not good for trade,” he said.
The Governments of Botswana and Zambia are jointly financing the construction of a 923 metres long rail and road extra dosed cable stayed Bridge including approach roads as well as constructing One Stop Border facilities on both sides of the countries at a cost of about US$259 million.
Hon. Mwale commended Daewoo Engineering Construction Company, the contractor engaged to construct the Bridge for doing a good job and maintaining a clean safety recorded.

L-R : Kazungula Bridge Project consultant Eng. Joseph Nyirenda, Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honourable Vincent Mwale, RDA Director Construction and Rehabilitation Eng. George Manyele and RDA Director and CEO Eng. Elias Mwape during the inspection of the Bridge recently.

Kazungula Bridge consultant Eng. Joseph Nyirenda when he briefed the minister on the progress said that the actual progress for package One which is the construction of the Bridge stood at 87 percent.
Eng. Nyirenda disclosed that the construction if the One Stop Border Post on the Zambian side was expected to be completed by February 2020.
He said the replica One Stop Border Post on the Botswana side was expected to be completed in October 2019.

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Kazungula Bridge Project consultant Eng. Joseph Nyirenda (left with Microphone) explaining to Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honourable Vincent Mwale and the delegation.

The Kazungula Bridge under construction.

Botswana One Stop Border post at 99% completion point.

Inside view of the Botswana One Stop Border Post

Zambian One Stop Border Post with on-going works at 75%

Zambian One Stop Border Post outside view.

PRESIDENT LUNGU URGES ENGINEERS TO HELP TOWARDS ATTAINMENT OF SDGs

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Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honourable Vincent Mwale delivering a keynote speech on behalf of President Edgar Lungu at the 6th Africa Engineering week and 4th Africa Engineering Conference held at Avani Victoria Falls Resort in Livingstone.

President Edgar Lungu has urged the Engineers to build the future ‘we want’ and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the full participation of the professionals.
President Lungu said the Zambian Government stands ready to work closely with all the Engineering professionals towards achieving the SDGs.
The Head of State made the clarion call in a speech read for him by Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honourable Vincent Mwale during the official opening of the 6th Africa Engineering week and 4th Africa Engineering Conference organised by the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ).
The Conference was held under the theme: “Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Sustainable Engineering Development.”
President Lungu further challenged the Engineering profession to put mechanisms in place that would give a voice to the people by addressing their needs which had many implications for public services, social and technological innovations by helping to pave a way for more responsive collaborative public services.
“Engineering professionals play a critical role in the world because the SDGs are not an agenda of one country,” he said.    
President Lungu called on all Public institutions at all levels, civil society, churches, the business community and others to work together in a broad effort to realise the SDGs.
President Lungu urged the Engineers to reach out to young people and make them excited as the SDGs would build a whole generation of change makers who could take the agenda forward.

EIZ President Eng. Sydney Matamwandi giving his opening welcoming remarks during the 4th Africa Engineering Conference.

EIZ President Eng. Sydney Matamwandi said the Institution was honoured to be selected, by the Federation of African Engineering Organizations (FAEO), to host the 4th Africa Engineering Conference as part of the broader activities within the 6th UNESCO Africa Engineering Week (AEW) which run from 15 to 21 September 2019.

Eng. Matamwandi also urged Engineers to come up with mechanisms that would give a voice to the people, including the poorest and most vunerable so that their needs could be addressed.
Eng. Matamwandi reminded the profession that Engineering development evaluated technolgical inventions which were designed to improve human and economic development within complex and low resource settings.
He said the complex nature of SDGs often necessitates solutions based on complex systems that would require wide-ranging skills, lateral thinking and knowledge transfer between various social, life and physical sciences as well as engineering discipline.
He said the Engineering profession makes important contributions from the direct addition to economic output of work by contributing to the development of various sectors.
He said the profession had brought improvements in physical infrastructure and had played a vital role in the development of the country through economic and sustainable development.

EIZ Vice President Finance & Administration Eng. Wesley Kaluba and EIZ Vice President Membership, Career & Profession Development (CPD) Eng. William K. Mulusa following proceedings during the conference.

RDA Director & CEO Eng. Elias Mwape and next to him is Director Planning & Design Eng. Dickson Ndhlovu during the conference.

RDA Acting Director Communications & Corporate Affairs Mr. Anthony Mulowa and NRFA Director Programming, Monitoring and Evaluation Eng. Yohane Tembo following the proceedings.

 

LET’S IMPROVE OUR COOPERATION-IG PRODS RDA

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Inspector General of Police Mr. Kakoma Kanganja and his team during a meeting with RDA Director and CEO Eng. Elias Mwape with the RDA senior management team.

Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has paid a historical visit to the Road Development Agency (RDA) headquarters in Lusaka where he called for more working synergies between the Zambia Police Service and RDA.
Mr. Kanganja said his visit to the Agency was aimed at discussing matters to improve the cooperation between RDA and the Zambia Police Service.
“The main purpose of my visit is to appreciate services by Zambia Police Service to RDA. How do we improve on the cooperation we have,” he said?
RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Elias Mwape said the Agency was pleased to host the IG and that from times of Roads Department, it was the first time the top cop was visiting the institution.

RDA Director and CEO Eng. Elias Mwape presents a gift to the Inspector General of Police Mr. Kakoma Kanganja. Looking on (middle) is RDA Acting Director Communications and Corporate Affairs Mr. Anthony Mulowa

Eng. Mwape said the Agency from the time it became operational in 2006 had grown thereby requiring more services from the police.
He said the police were helping in manning the weighbridges and Toll Plazas as well as other strategic infrastructure such as Bridges.
He said the Police had also been handy in helping handle emergencies like wash-aways by providing security services.
Eng. Mwape bemoaned the increased cases of vandalism of road furniture and called on the Zambia Police to join hands and arrest the perpetrators.
In response, Mr. Kanganja said the Zambia Police was rolling out a project where CCTV cameras would be put across the country.
He said were cases of vandalism are recorded, footage play backs could be provided for the Agency to identify the culprits.