RTSA must have a say in the award of Road Contract by RDA-Mushimba

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Minister of Transport and Communication Brian Mushimba having a feel of the new Fiat Vehicle immediately after it was launched by the Southern Cross Motors Limited in Lusaka last night,30-03-2017. Picture by Ennie Kishiki/Zanis.
Minister of Transport and Communication Brian Mushimba having a
feel of the new Fiat Vehicle immediately after it was launched by the
Southern Cross Motors Limited in Lusaka last night,30-03-2017. Picture
by Ennie Kishiki/Zanis.
Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba has called on RTSA to have an input in all new road contracts being signed by the Road Development Agency-RDA.

Mr. Mushimba says RTSA must have a say during RDA board decisions when approving road contracts.

He says RTSA must question how the new roads will be designed and what safety features they will have before approving the contracts.

Mr. Mushimba says a provision must be made on the contract where RTSA input will be included signifying that the contract being signed has met safety concerns before executing the projects.

He says once this is done, Zambia will be guaranteed reduced road carnage as a result of poorly done roads.

The Minister was speaking during the truckers association of Zambia annual Gala dinner in Lusaka.

Meanwhile Truckers Association of Zambia -TAZ- Chairperson Shashi Patel commended government for making road safety in the country a key agenda.

Mr. Patel said the association will continue giving guidelines to its members by ensuring the country’s transport sector thrives.

And Mr. Mushimba says Zambia cannot afford to continue losing lives through road accidents.

He says his ministry through the road transport and safety agency -RTSA- has decided to implement several statutory instruments in an effort to preserve lives of road users.

Mr. Mushimba further said his ministry needs help from various stakeholders to improve the road safety profile of the country.

Meanwhile Truckers Association of Zambia -TAZ- Chairperson Shashi Patel commended government for making road safety in the country a key agenda.

Mr Patel said the association will continue giving guidelines to its members by ensuring the country’s transport sector thrives.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. GRZ, for next chunk of trunk road development please consider dedicated truck lane. E.g. the new dual carriage between Lusaka & Kitwe should have 3 lanes minimum each way so that 3rd lane is for trucks & heavy vehicles. Although this will increase costs slightly short term @ construction, think about the significant reduction in accidents, reduction in maintenance costs as only 1 lane will require heavy maintenance, & reduction of travel time for lighter vehicles. Many more benefits over the long term. Many developed & developing countries have already moved to this model. With the new toll fees this is now possible. God Bless Zambia!

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    • well said @ the chosen one,
      its is very possible and attainable for our pf to build a trio carriage way on each way, from solwezi to livingstone within three to five years if only our leadership can muster that extra will power.
      mr president, you can do this, do not forget that you are from the mighty mukuba secondary school and not from these st. chakuti, st. chakuti…..
      show them that you are not “KAMUSHI”!

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    • MISPLACED SUGGESTION – GIVE US A BREAK!
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      Corrupt RTSA officers have no expertise and meaningful contribution in issues of road contracts bwana. Let the Engineers and business offices at RDA do the job without the suggested bureaucratic proposition. No connection between RDA award of contracts with RTSA what so ever. The rationale championed some of these ministers makes me wonder.

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  2. RATSA should staff are not necessary engineers, they are safely logistics officers. All they need is to put down ther safety concerns, then engineers at RDA will design the road to suit there needs

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  3. Each institution has its mandate and this proposal is out of line. Every road is designed with all safety features. By the way do we have a Construction Regulation and Construction Health and Safety Act in this country?

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  4. So the honorabke minister is saying all the roads built so far with millions of dollars are not upto the required safety standards . Interesting

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  5. The hard working minister is right. Of the three road agency of government, only rtsa has a safety mandate and they must exercise it to ensure ALL safety provisions are Incorporated. This minister is very good.

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    • How many civil engineers has RTSA?
      Safety mandate? Which one?
      How to prevent “Aqua Planing”?
      Maximum % of gravitational inclination?
      This minister do not have slightest idea about incorporation of “Safety Measures” in road design.
      As to RATSA “Safety Measure”, please stop blabbing. Carnage on Zambian roads is direct result of RATSA failure.

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  6. KBF; u are missing the point. Govt has set up three agencies for roads. RDA is for developing. NRFA is for funds raising. RTSA is for safety. Even though each has complimentary responsibility to the other, it does not mean it should shelve off it’s mandate. Whether RTSA in its current form doesn’t have safety practiioners that can promulgate safety onto road designs does not mean they shelve off their mandate. Iteans they hire and build capacity to be able to do that. This minister who is an engineer himself is setting the stage for that. Please applaud him.

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  7. its clear what they are saying is ………………we also want bribes like all other chaps signing off the tenders.

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  8. I believe it is time RTSA and RDA started consulting countries RSA, and how they are doing it. I wish some of the roundabouts were also improved to bridge and artery system to minimise accidents that occur when giving-way, as well as long traffic lines at intersections.

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