RDA acting Senior Manager Corporate Affairs Anthony Mulowa addressing pupils at Lusaka Girls Secondary school in the Main Hall.

The Road Development Agency (RDA) recently held a sensitization talk with pupils at Lusaka Girls Secondary School over the dangers of vandalism of road furniture as well as encroachments on road reserves.

RDA acting Senior Manager Corporate Affairs Anthony Mulowa said the Board and Management of the Agency were deeply concerned with the high levels of vandalism on road installations such as signage and culverts.

Mr. Mulowa said the Agency had embarked on a countrywide sensitization drive to caution people on the ills of vandalizing road furniture as well as encroachments on road reserves.

 “We have been engaging traditional leaders, civic leaders and the general citizenry to be wary of the increased levels of vandalism of road signage and other features on the roads. We have also extended this campaign to schools so as to inculcate a sense of responsibility in the young ones at a tender age, hence our visit to Lusaka Girls Secondary School,” he said.

Mr. Mulowa said acts of vandalism of road furniture was criminal and culprits were liable to imprisonment.

He said last year a man of Ngwerere township in Lusaka was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment with hard labour after he was caught in the act vandalizing road signage along the recently constructed Ngwerere-Kasisi road.

(From far left) Lusaka Girls Secondary School Head Teacher Ms. Chanda and RDA acting Senior Manager Corporate Affairs Anthony Mulowa addressing pupils at Lusaka Girls Secondary school in the Main Hall.

Mr. Mulowa said the road reserve areas were important as they provided room for the future expansion of the roads such as the construction of dual carriageways.

He said road reserves were also used for the construction of road detours during road construction/rehabilitation works and room for the construction of drainage facilities.

Further, road reserves were also used to lay important installations such as telecommunication and electricity cables.

RDA acting Senior Manager Corporate Affairs Anthony Mulowa interacting with pupils at Lusaka Girls Secondary School in the Main Hall.
Mr. Mulowa said the Public Roads Act through section 21 provides for road reserve sometimes called Right of Way (ROW) for the various categories of roads as follows: Trunk roads, 100 metres, Main roads 60 metres, District, Branch and Urban roads 36 metres and Park and any other class of roads 18 metres. All these lengths are divided by half from the white centre line on the roads.
Lusaka Girls Pupils attentively listen to the presentation.

Mr. Mulowa said the road reserve areas had been encroached by people who erect physical structures such as shops and houses in the road reserve areas.

“In certain instances, people grow various crops and fruit, commercial trees within the road reserve areas. Conducting business or indeed settling in the road reserve areas poses a danger to the concerned people in the event that a vehicle loses control and rams into their properties or indeed themselves. It is also an impediment to the future expansion/rehabilitation works of the road network,” he said.

He said the law was very clear and that those who encroached on the road reserves could have their houses and properties demolished as sanctions.