Vice President Inonge Wina inspecting the construction of Kazungula Bridge across Zambezi River
Vice President Inonge Wina inspecting the construction of Kazungula Bridge across Zambezi River

ACTING President Inonge Wina has called for the speedy construction of Kazungula Bridge across Zambezi River to decongest the border and stimulate economic activities in Southern Africa and beyond.

Zambia and Botswana Governments are currently implementing the US$ 161, 961, 304.84 Kazungula Bridge project while Daewoo Engineering and Construction Company Limited of South Korea is the contractor.

Ms Wina, who is Republican Vice President, said bridge would be very important to countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional grouping and beyond.

She was speaking in Kazungula District yesterday after she inspected the construction works at the Border.

Ms Wina also inspected various infrastructural projects currently under construction namely the district hospital, civic centre, post office, police station and houses and district administration block among others.

She also met Senior Chief Sekute of Kazungula District and pupils at Kazungula Secondary School where she encouraged the traditional leader to work closely with investors to develop the chiefdom.

“We are very anxious to see the project complete. Sometimes there is congestion at the bridge because of the usage of pontoons.

“We look forward to the early completion of the Bridge. We want to be surprised that instead of completing the Bridge by December 2018 as planned, it should be completed much earlier. Do your work and do it well. At the end of the day, we will congratulate engineers from Zambia and Botswana for putting up a wonderful infrastructure,” Ms Wina said.

Kazungula Bridge Project Team Leader Kabamelo Kgoboko said works a temporal Bridge had been completed on the Zambian side.

Mr Kgoboko said about 476 people had been employed by the end of January 2016 out of which 405 were local people from both Zambia and Zimbabwe while 71 were foreign nationals.

“The 324 metres temporal Bridge is all complete on the Zambian side (and same length of temporal bridge will be done on the Botswana side.

“Works on the permanent Bridge will start on the Zambian side and will be completed on the Botswana side. We have been on the project for 17 months and we anticipate completing in December 2018,” Mr Kgoboko said.

He also dismissed claims suggesting that some Zambian workers on the bridge project retrenched.

And speaking when she paid a curtesy call on Kazungula District Commissioner Pascalina Musokotwaane, Ms Wina said President Edgar Lungu considered Kazungula as an economic district.

She said the District was positioned very strategically at the entrance of Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana.

“This is a key district in SADC and Government has decided to accelerate development especially in infrastructure in Kazungula so that the services to the people are enhanced.

“It is a pity that Kazungula was created 15 years ago and nothing was done over the years until PF came into office in 2011. We want to decentralise and take services to the people and create specific areas for development. Zambia will be a different place five to 10 years from now with new developments taking place in the country especially here in Kazungula,” she said.

Ms Wina was disheartened to see that the District Commissioner and other heads of departments were operating in a prefab building.

“I salute the civil servants appointed to rural areas because they have continued to serve their country even under difficult conditions by living in the bush,” Ms Wina said.

And speaking at the same function, Ms Musokotwane thanked the PF Government for implementing a number of infrastructural developments since 2011.

Vice President Inonge Wina inspecting the construction of Kazungula Bridge across Zambezi River
Vice President Inonge Wina inspecting the construction of Kazungula Bridge across Zambezi River
Vice President Inonge Wina inspecting the construction of Kazungula Bridge across Zambezi River
Vice President Inonge Wina inspecting the construction of Kazungula Bridge across Zambezi River
Vice President Inonge Wina inspecting the construction of Kazungula Bridge across Zambezi River
Vice President Inonge Wina inspecting the construction of Kazungula Bridge across Zambezi River
Vice President Inonge Wina inspecting the construction of Kazungula Bridge across Zambezi River
Vice President Inonge Wina inspecting the construction of Kazungula Bridge across Zambezi River
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9 COMMENTS

  1. Go PF go. UPND cannot cheat the people. We are seeing all these projects under PF. If thus is not development what is HH planning to do?
    2016, vote Lungu and the PF. Wina azalila futi.

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    • Zambia and Botswana concluded bilateral agreements to build the bridge in 2007!!! Note 2007 when MMD were in power – PF have nothing to do with the agreement….they are merely, as with all other projects e.g. Itezhi power and Maamba power plant, trying to make it their own projects….

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    • HER EXCELLENCY VICE PRESIDENT INONGE WINA IS SIMPLY HARD WORKING. THIS IS THE TYPE OF FORCE OF WOMEN ZAMBIA NEEDS. TRULY, PF IS A WORKING GOVERNMENT. IF MOST OF OUR WOMEN COULD CULTIVATE A DEEP KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF ISSUES LIKE INONGE WINA OUR COUNTRY COULD MOVE FORWARD VERY FAST. MY APPEAL IS THAT ALL WOMEN RESPOND TO HEADS UP CALL.

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  2. PF surprise me a lot. How do you inspect construction of a temporal bridge? Why cant you wait until work starts on the real bridge? We all know that planning for this bridge started when Mwanawasa was president so there is no need to get credit where it is not due.

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    • BECAUASE, THE TEMPORAL BRIDGE IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE NEW BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION. EVEN IN THE WEST THEY DO THAT- HEALTH AND SAFETY ARE VERY IMPORTANT IN BOTH CASES. I WONDER IF YOU LIVE IN THE UK MY FRIEND.

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  3. The most important aspect of management is implementation. You may have the best plans in the world, but if they are not implemented, it’s an exercise in futility, wasted time!

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  4. Queen i agree with you that bilateral agreement for the construction of the bridge was concluded in 2007, i am sure the Vice President is not using this as a campaigning material, beacuse this is merely a combination made by the two countries Zambia and Botswana. We have to give great thanks to the two working governments (PF and BDP) for having implemented the agreement. It was not easy having Zimbabwe (ZANUPF) pull-out the last minute and that left a financial short fall.

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  5. Further to my article about the bridge, i would like to mention that bilateral agreement is in three packages spread as Package 1- Bridge Contruction, Package 2 – Construction of Botswana One Border Post and Package 3- Construction of Zambia One Border Post. Works on Botswana one border post have already commenced whilst construction of Zambia one border post has been awarded and works may start at any time, it could before 11th August or thereafter. These are unique border posts with ultra modern facilities and are likely to be the best in Africa. I therefore, see no connection with August elections in Zambia beacause the agreement is just been implemented as planned by the two governments (Patriotic Front and Botswana Democratic Party). Kudoos still goes to the two governments- PF and…

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