Hundreds of trucks on both sides of the Zambezi River are marooned at Kazungula border following the breaking down of the only pontoon on the Botswana side.
ZANIS reports that Long queues of trucks were found this afternoon as there is only one pontoon which has remained functional for a period of about two weeks.
Some lorry drivers disclosed in separate interviews that they have spent about 12 days waiting for their chance to cross the river through the one ferry facility which is being used to transport both people and motor vehicles.
Given Mwamba, a Zambian truck driver said that he has spent 12 days on the queue on the Botswana side and is unsure of the period he will spend on the queue before crossing the river.
Mr. Mwamba said the prolonged stay on the queues has become dangerous as there are no sanitation facilities available for truck drivers to use especially in the night.
He expressed worry that should the situation continue some truck drivers may lose their lives to wild animals in the process of answering the call of nature in the bush.
He has since appealed to the authorities to hasten the construction of Kazungula Bridge, which is expected to ease the movements of goods and people across the Zambezi River.
Meanwhile Construction of Kazungula Bridge across the Zambezi River is in full swing though the completion date has been pushed to October 2019 due to technical challenges.
Project Consultant Michael Lear said the project which has employed over 1,200 people from Botswana and Zambia is progressing well adding that the change of completion timeframe will not affect the projected project cost.
Mr. Lear said the contractor will ensure the works are done as planned by the two countries who are the financiers of the project.
And Road Development Agency Director for Corporate Affairs Masuzyo Ndhlovu said the Zambian government is impressed with progress of the works of the 923 meters long bridge.
Mr. Ndhlovu said currently the project is at 55 percent and that a huge number of Zambians amounting to 750 have been engaged in the construction of the bridge which is package one.
He said the second and third packages of the project include the construction of the one-stop-border posts on either sides of the river for Zambia and Botswana to further ease clearance of people and goods.