MUKUPA UPBEAT ON KALABO-SIKONGO ROAD WORKS

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RDA Board Chairperson Mr. Samuel Mukupa (in reflective jacket)  speaking to the press during a tour of

Kalabo-Sikongo Road – 12/01/18

 

CONSTRUCTION of the 85 kilometres Kalabo-Sikongo Border gate Road in Western Province is expected to resume soon, after three months of stagnation.

Road Development Agency (RDA) board chairperson, Mr. Samuel Mukupa said the project contractor; Stefanutti Stocks of South Africa, would resume works on the Kalabo-Sikongo Road and that an extra release of funds would soon be made for the K959 million project.

The up grading of Kalabo-Sikongo border gate road project will bring about a lot of economic opportunities between Zambia and Angola.

"This road is of great importance as a link between this part of Zambia and Angola, as such great importance has been attached to its completion," Mr Mukupa said.

RDA Board Chairman, Mr Samual Mukupa(fouth from left) with RDA Director Construction and Rehabiltation

Eng. George Manyele (his immediate right)and resident engineer Boniface Wainaina of Wanjohi Consulting

engineers (on Mr. Mukupa’s immediate left) during the tour of the Kalabo-Sikongo road

 

Mr. Mukupa said this when he toured the project on January 12, 2018 after holding a successful meeting with Stefanutti project manager Christo Jansen van Vuuren and resident engineer Boniface Wainaina of Wanjohi Consulting engineers among other officials.

Eng. Wainaina said 26 percent of the total contract sum had already been serviced by the client for the project which has a two-year timeframe.

Eng. Jansen van Vuuren said currently; works were at 18 percent completion point and the road would be supplemented by a 75-metre Spin Bridge across the Barotse flood plains.

 

The Kalabo-Sikongo road in its current state


RDA Board Chairperson Mr. Samuel Mukupa (in green reflective jacket) with the entourage inspecting

the Kalabo – Sikongo Road earmarked for construction – 12/01/18


Some culverts that have been put on the Kalabo-Sikongo

 

Meanwhile, Mr. Mukupa said the Agency was happy with the condition of the Mongu-Kalabo Road and the King Imwiko Lubosi II Bridge which were commissioned by the Agency in April 2016.

The road and bridge, which cross over the River Zambezi, were built between October 2011 and April 2016.

Mr. Mukupa said it was a milestone for the Agency to execute the project which gobbled up US$ 286 million.


"But after the construction of the road and bridge, travel time has significantly reduced, with road travel fetching K35 only as compared to K165 per person," Mr. Mukupa said.