MINISTER of Works and Supply Honourable FELIX MUTATI is happy to note that the Zambezi Drifter Pontoon at Kazungula crossing point which had broken down has resumed operations.
MR MUTATI commended the ESCO staff for adhering to his one week ultimatum he issued last week.
The Minister said he is delighted with the quick response and commitment that ESCO management has demonstrated adding that the travelling public and business entities will be able to conduct business normally.
He also said the Zambia Revenue Authority will be able to collect the revenue they have been losing amounting to K35 million per day.
This came to light when ESCO Chief Executive Officer Engineer PATRICK LUTANGU NYIRENDA announced that the newly bought gears have been fitted and the pontoon resumed work at about 09:00 hours today.
Last week MR MUTATI directd ESCO management on Friday, April 27th 2018, to repair the broken down Zambezi Drifter pontoon without fail.
MR NYIRENDA yesterday announced that the spare parts that were being expected from South Africa had arrived.
He had assured the public that the repair works on the pontoon would be complete on Saturday 5th May 2018 and anticipated resumption of normal operations on Sunday, May 6th 2018.
“However, am glad to announce now that we managed to fix the gears and normal operations started this morning at about 09:00 hours. The general public can now be free to conduct their business on time,” he said.
He has since apologised to the public for the inconvenience caused by the non-operation of one of the pontoons.
And MR MUTATI said once the second pontoon was fixed, the revenue collected would be able to facilitate the upgrade of the district and bring it to acceptable standards.