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Kariba Dam rehabilitation project to cost $294.2 million, Siliya tell Parliament

Economy Kariba Dam rehabilitation project to cost $294.2 million, Siliya tell Parliament

Dora Siliya
Dora Siliya
MINISTER of Energy and Water Development Dora Siliya says the Kariba Dam rehabilitation project will cost US$294.2 million and co-operating partners will provide the funds.

Ms Siliya told Parliament in a ministerial statement that studies and investigations aimed at designing solutions to rectify the identified safety concerns at the dam, the prescription of plunge pool reshaping and spillway refurbishment as a solution to address the safety concerns.

“Urgent remedial measures are required to help secure long-term safety and reliability of the dam. In order to finance these measures, the governments of the republics of Zambia and Zimbabwe approved the mobilisation of funds to cover the estimated cost of implementing the rehabilitation measures,” Ms Siliya said.

She said the works would be carried over a period of 10 years and the following development partners offered financing on concessionary terms: African Development Bank (AfDB), European Union (EU), Swedish government (SIDA) and the World Bank (WB).

AfDB will provide US$75 million, SIDA US$25 million, EU US$100 million, WB US$75 and the Zambezi River Authority US$19.2 million.

“Mr Speaker, the Kariba Dam rehabilitation project is required to avoid potential emergency situation. Without reshaping the plunge pool and refurbishment of the spillway upstream facility, the Kariba Dam will not operate as intended,” Ms Siliya said.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has urged members of Parliament (MP) and the general public to exercise caution when commenting on the proceedings of Parliament to avoid making statements that may violate freedom of debate enjoyed by the House and its members.

Dr Matibini said this in a ruling on a point of order raised last December by Monze Central MP Jack Mwiimbu (UPND) against Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili and three outsiders, namely Frank Bwalya, Brian Hapunda and Kennedy Kamba, bordering on tribal remarks.

“I want to caution all members and the general public that while they have the right to comment on the proceedings of the House, this should not be done in a manner that is derogatory or denigrates the House and its members,” Dr Matibini said.

Meanwhile, Mr Kambwili told journalists at Parliament grounds yesterday during break that the claim by the UPND that it will create jobs on the Copperbelt if voted for is a joke of the year.

“The UPND has very little understanding of global economics. The price of commodities have gone down. The global economy is under stress. Retrenchments are not peculiar to Zambia.

“Anglo America in South Africa is retrenching 16,000 workers. It is laughable for a political party to say that retrenchments are avoidable,” Mr Kambwili said.

He said China will retrench 1.8 million employees and wondered where new jobs that UPND is promising will come from.

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  1. “The UPND has very little understanding of global economics. The price of commodities have gone down. The global economy is under stress. Retrenchments are not peculiar to Zambia.”…………and yet they claim to be a party of intellectuals…………kikikiki,kuwayawayafye! Am voting for ECL.

    • “Anglo America in South Africa is retrenching 16,000 workers. It is laughable for a political party to say that retrenchments are avoidable,” Mr Kambwili said.

      Hon. Kambwili, how come you leader Mr Lungu, took leave to arrest the situation on the Copperbelt and you did not laugh at him. In other words you where just laughing at him, since you better understood that nothing could be done to save the miners jobs. Mr President, there is your minister with better global economics understanding informing the nation that you wasted tax payers’ money on a trip to the belt last year to save miners jobs. No wonder sir you failed to save those jobs..

    • To prevent water overtopping the dam wall it has to be spilled. This water has 100m of potential energy which is converted to kinetic energy when it “plunges” downstream at what is aptly named “plunge pool”. This erosive power of the water scours a hole which after sometime reaches equilibrium i.e. it cannot be eroded further. It is about 90m deep and the dam wall is 128m. The problem here is that this equilibrium state has not been reached and further scouring continues. This would eventually result in the collapse of the dam wall with disastrous consequences. The bedrock is obviously weaker than the one in the design. The dam is unlikely to fill in the next 3 or so years and so there will be no further erosion. Another problem is that the Chilanga cement used reacts with the aggregates…

    • Cont’d. Another problem is that the Chilanga cement used reacts with the aggregates in the concrete causing it to swell and has resulted in the jamming of the spillway gates (silica alkali aggregate reaction). The plunge pool is being reshaped to prevent further scouring of the scour hole which is already 90m deep at the plunge pool and work is necessary to work on the spillway gates which have jammed because of the swelling of the concrete. If other experts feel these works are not necessary that is their opinion.

    • Some further rantings from af..oo..l that calls himself snr Engeer – doesn’t even understand what the word equilibrium means!! After a Ton of Shaki shaki, Tugiligili & Chibuku what do you expect?? I end my piece!!

  2. Am in SA right now and their economy is so bad that aosta everything is on halt. The global melt down is real and UPND cannot lie to anyone.
    In fact Zambia is doing far much better comparatively in Africa.

    • SA has such a bad situation because of having in place a corrupt president in the name of Zuma. He is not a caring leader, and hence he authorzed to have his private residence renovated at a cost of USD23m in a country with people leaving in tinned houses. Look for a better comparator, say Botswana.

    • AND WHAT THE HELL ARE U STILL DOING THERE, AT THE EMBASSY NYOPOLALINGI OUR FREE MULA? BRING BACK YOUR ASS HERE AND SEE THE REAL SUFFERING

  3. Borrowing everywhere …they can not even raise half from their own resources instead would rather build overpriced roads at a whooping $1million per kilometer.Those so called partners are also owners of the dam for lending…this caliber of leaders is disgraceful.

  4. Wasn’t the loan already borrowed sometime back which included borrowing on behalf of Zimbabwe. Zambia and Zimbabwe, with four cooperating partners sign $294.2 million loan for Kariba dam Lusaka times.

  5. Meanwhile, Mr Kambwili told journalists at Parliament grounds yesterday during break that the claim by the UPND that it will create jobs on the Copperbelt if voted for is a joke of the year.
    He said China will retrench 1.8 million employees and wondered where new jobs that UPND is promising will come from….So Mr. minister, you seem to be saying that even the 500,000 promised by your PF will not materialise!

  6. Dora you still have corruption matters in the courts of Zambia don’t think we are not watching you and where did Dull Kambwili study world or global economics does he know the population of China? This ***** has no shame

  7. Why is Dora presenting this as new? The agreements for the rehabilitation were made from December 2014 and finalised in February 2015 with all the cooperation partners she mentions. Check the news archives. So what has been happening in between? If those MPs have memories or written data, they would question why the same announcement is being made more than a year on. Is the money (still) there?

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