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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