L-R Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja, RDA Director and CEO Eng. George Manyele and RDA Director Communications and Corporate Affairs Masuzyo Ndhlovu.
Road Development Agency (RDA) Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. George Manyele has commended the Zambia Police Service for partnering with the Agency in safeguarding road infrastructure in the country.
Eng. Manyele said road furniture was an important component of the road network and vandalism or thefts have potential to cause huge problems that could even lead to death.
The RDA Director and CEO was speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja.
And Eng. Manyele has proposed that the Police service should in future provide input in road designs by suggesting where they would be mounting check points or roadblocks.
He said when motor vehicles stop on check points and roadblocks, they exerted more pressure on the road, a situation that increases wear and tear on the highway.
“We are proposing that in future, give suggestions to the Agency on areas where check points or roadblocks can be mounted, this will give us chance to construct strong concrete roads on such portions as currently there is increased deterioration of the road on places where check points and roadblocks are mounted.” Eng. Manyele said.
Eng. Manyele went on to say that in Lusaka at Kabangwe area on the Great North Road, the RDA constructed a concrete pavement area specifically designed to accommodate a check point but had observed that the check point had been moved from the place that was purposely designed for such an activity.
Eng. Manyele also cited other areas where check points were mounted on the Great North road such as Chisamba where the road had deteriorated completely due to the continuous pressure that motor vehicles exert.
He added that another source of concern was overloaded trucks on the roads and that RDA through its Axle Load Control Unit wanted to work with the traffic Police to curb overloading.
And the Police IG said the Service was always ready to partner with any organization in the area of providing security.
Mr. Kanganja pledged to support the Agency should it face any challenges that requires Police intervention in its operations.