Zambia's Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga (right) and Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo (left) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project
Zambia’s Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga (right) and Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo (left) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project

ZAMBIAN Minister for Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga and Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo have chided the contractor for Kazungula Bridge project on the slow progress made to construct the facility.

The two Ministers, who inspected the Bridge on Sunday afternoon, said people from the two countries would not want to be given excuses but that the infrastructure should be delivered on time.

Mr Mukanga asked the contractor to increase on labour and work hours to catch up with the project timeframe.

“Why should we have many catch up plans and now you have given us a catch up plan number five?

“Next time you will give us catch up plan number six and we are losing time! We are wasting time and we need to complete by 2018 as planned. We can not afford waiting while the contractor is doing his own programme,” Mr Mukanga said.

He said the two Governments expected progress and commitment and not catch up plans.

Mr Mabeo said the two countries wanted assurance that the project would finish on time as planned.

He said he was not convinced that the Bridge would be delivered on time.

“Whatever we are doing behind curtains as experts, people are looking for the Bridge. Can you do the work. This is a reputable project. Let’s work,” Mr Mabeo said.

Project Team leader Kobamelo Kgoboko said the contractor had proposed that he would catch up with the original plan by July 2016.

Mr Kgoboko said the contractor needed to work on both sides of the Bridge during the construction of the temporary bridge but had challenges currently.

In response, the contractor and project manager William Kim assured the two Ministers that the project would be delivered by 2018 as planned without compromising with quality and safety.

In September last year, Zambia’s former Vice President Guy Scott and Botswana Vice President Ponatshego Kedikilwe officiated at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of Kazungula Bridge.

Zambia and Botswana signed a contract with Daewoo Engineering and Construction for the construction of a road and rail Bridge across the Zambezi to at Kazungula Border.

The 923 meters long Bridge is expected to create about 2, 000 jobs in both countries during the construction period. It would be located at the confluence of Zambezi and Chobe Rivers about 65 kilometres upstream of the ‘mighty’ Victoria Falls.

The Bridge, which would be completed by 2018, will be financed by the Governments of Zambia and Botswana with financial assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Zambia's Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga (left) hugs Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo (right) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project on
Zambia’s Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga (left) hugs Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo (right) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project on
Zambia's Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga (right) and Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo (left) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project
Zambia’s Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga (right) and Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo (left) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project
Zambia's Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga (middle), Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo (left) and Kazungula District Commissioner Pascalina Musokotwane (right) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project
Zambia’s Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga (middle), Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo (left) and Kazungula District Commissioner Pascalina Musokotwane (right) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project
Zambia's Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga (right) and Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo (left) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project
Zambia’s Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga (right) and Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo (left) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project
Zambia's Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga (right) and Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo (left) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project
Zambia’s Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga (right) and Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo (left) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project
FROM FAR LEFT: Kazungula Bridge team leader Kobamelo Kgoboko, Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo , Zambia's Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga and Kazungula Bridge project manager William Kim (far right) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project
FROM FAR LEFT: Kazungula Bridge team leader Kobamelo Kgoboko, Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo , Zambia’s Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga and Kazungula Bridge project manager William Kim (far right) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project
 Zambia's Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga (right) hugs Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo (left) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project
Zambia’s Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga (right) hugs Botswana Minister for Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo (left) during an inspection of Kazungula Bridge project
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3 COMMENTS

  1. Kwena ba mukanga, How do you put a suit & tie when inspecting such a project? look at your counterpart, he was in civil attire and that portrays some degree of seriousness on part of Botswana Govt. Am sure you are not even the one chiding the contractor, it may have just been “follow suit” since your Botswana counterpart raised the issue. If alone you wouldn’t have complained (or perhaps you could have been showering praises on the contractor)….I know how you leaders get intimidated with anything foreign and of lighter color. Good you realized to take off the jacket …plus Kazungula is hot during this time of year. Zambian leaders should be serious and stop joking. From the pictures you can easily tell something is already wrong with our leaders, big tummies, big necks, big matobo,…

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  2. The Tswana Minister comes in work attire with some paperwork possibly related to the project.
    The Zed Minister comes dressed in a suit.
    Work culture.
    Scott would have dressed more appropriately not ba Fat Albert.
    Why has Zimbabwe not contributed to this project when they are also beneficiaries?

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  3. @Donquee, my observation too. Zambian work culture is pathetic and it starts with our leaders. They can’t do any manual work. How can the Zed minister whom you calls as fat Albert come in a suit and a tie to a work site by the river? Safety was also not on Albert’s mind. Someone had to grab his jacket & give him a safety reflective jacket.

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