GOVT IMPRESSED WITH WORKS AT KAZUNGULA BRIDGE

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Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Hon. Vincent Mwale, officials from the Ministry, officials from the RDA and KBP inspect the Kazungula Bridge Project on the September 18, 2019.

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honourable Vincent Mwale says Government is committed to paying its dues towards the Kazungula Bridge Project (KBP) so that the project is completed by June 2020.
Meanwhile, Hon. Mwale has described as impressive the progress so far recorded at the KBP.
Speaking during a familiarization tour of the Kazungula Bridge Project, Hon. Mwale said Government attached great importance to the project and that the Zambian Government could not afford to delay it any further.
Hon. Mwale disclosed that the Government had released US$800, 000 towards the settling of an Interim Payment Certificate (IPC) last week.
The Minister assured that Government would honour the payments towards the construction of the bilateral Bridge across the Zambezi river between Botswana and Zambia.
“We can see for ourselves how many trucks are lined up on the Botswana and Zambian side trying to cross using the pontoon available to the Zambian side and vice-versa, this is not good for trade,” he said.
The Governments of Botswana and Zambia are jointly financing the construction of a 923 metres long rail and road extra dosed cable stayed Bridge including approach roads as well as constructing One Stop Border facilities on both sides of the countries at a cost of about US$259 million.
Hon. Mwale commended Daewoo Engineering Construction Company, the contractor engaged to construct the Bridge for doing a good job and maintaining a clean safety recorded.

L-R : Kazungula Bridge Project consultant Eng. Joseph Nyirenda, Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honourable Vincent Mwale, RDA Director Construction and Rehabilitation Eng. George Manyele and RDA Director and CEO Eng. Elias Mwape during the inspection of the Bridge recently.

Kazungula Bridge consultant Eng. Joseph Nyirenda when he briefed the minister on the progress said that the actual progress for package One which is the construction of the Bridge stood at 87 percent.
Eng. Nyirenda disclosed that the construction if the One Stop Border Post on the Zambian side was expected to be completed by February 2020.
He said the replica One Stop Border Post on the Botswana side was expected to be completed in October 2019.

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Kazungula Bridge Project consultant Eng. Joseph Nyirenda (left with Microphone) explaining to Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honourable Vincent Mwale and the delegation.

The Kazungula Bridge under construction.

Botswana One Stop Border post at 99% completion point.

Inside view of the Botswana One Stop Border Post

Zambian One Stop Border Post with on-going works at 75%

Zambian One Stop Border Post outside view.