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The delegations comprising of Government, RDA, EIB and EU officials inspecting Lot 1 of the project between Luangwa and Mwami Border

A high powered delegation comprising of  officials from the Government, Road Development Agency (RDA) and Cooperating partners recently undertook an on the spot check of the rehabilitated Great East Road from Luangwa Bridge to Mwami Border in Chipata.
From the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development, the Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota was represented by Director Planning, Mr. Charles Mweshi, RDA CEO and Director Eng. Elias Mwape was represented by Director Construction and Rehabilitation, Eng. George Manyele while the European Investment Bank (EIB) was represented by Wynand Bezuidenhout and the European Union (EU) by Stephen McCluskey
The inspection was done on July 9, 2018 prior to the Fifth Steering Committee meeting on July 10, 2018 at the Protea Hotel in Chipata.
The rehabilitation of the Great East Road (T4) from Luangwa Bridge to Mwami Border was done in three Lots and financed by Agence Francaise de Development (AFD), African Development Bank (AfDB), EIB and the EU.

The delegation gets a briefing from RDA Director Construction and Rehabilitation Eng. George Manyele (third from left) slightly after Luangwa Bridge before the site visit of the rehabilitated section of the Great East Road


The delegation expressed concern on the road failure in some sections on Lot 1 which is between Luangwa Bridge and Nyimba.
This was a topic that was extensively discussed in the Fifth Steering Committee Meeting on the rehabilitation of the Great East Road.
The Project Steering Committee was set up to oversee and validate the overall direction and policy of the project.
And speaking when he officially opened the meeting, Mr. Mweshi said the corridor was key in improving road transportation and trade facilitation along the NACALA road corridor.
The NACALA road corridor stretches from Lusaka in Zambia and through Malawi to the Port of NACALA in Mozambique.
Mr. Mweshi said the NACALA road corridor project aimed at supporting economic growth in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and fostering regional integration through reliable, efficient and seamless transport infrastructure that increases sub-regional trade and the global competitiveness of the region.
Phase one of the NACALA project comprises rehabilitation of 348 km in Mozambique and 13 km in Malawi.
Phase two covers rehabilitation of 360 km of road works in Zambia from Luangwa Bridge to Mwami.
Mr. Mweshi said phase two of the NACALA involving the rehabilitation of the Great East road (T4) was complete except for the remedial works on Lot 1.
He said works on Lot 3 (Mwami Border to Mtenguleni) was in defect liability and after rectification of the defects, the road was expected to be handed over to the client by end of July, 2018.
Works on Lot 2 (Mtenguleni to Sinda) were handed over and the final certificate issued to the contractor.
Works on Sinda to Nyimba are under defect liability period and expected to be handed over by end of August, 2018.
The Lot 1 (Nyimba to Luangwa Bridge) is under defect liability and contractor was on site remedying the defects.
“There has been premature failure on some section of the road which requires concerted effort to resolve the issue and ensure that the final project handed over to the client gives value for money,” Mr. Mweshi said.