Kitwe Mayor and The Local Government Association of Zambia (LGAZ) President Christopher Kang’ombe
Kitwe Mayor and The Local Government Association of Zambia (LGAZ) President Christopher Kang’ombe

Kapompi Bridge that connects Nkana East extension and Chipata compound in Kitwe on the Copperbelt has collapsed.

A ZNBC News crew that rushed to Nkana East extension found scores of motorists and some pedestrians stranded on the other side of the road.

Kitwe Mayor Christopher Kang’ombe in the company of area councilors, engineers from AVIC International and officials from the engineering department of the Kitwe City Council where at the scene.

And Mr. Kang’ombe described the development as a disaster.

The mayor said in an interview that he will engage AVIC International to quickly reconstruct the bridge as it is a strategic link between the two townships.

The bridge sits on the road that should be rehabilitated by AVIC International under the Zambia township roads project.

Both motorists and residents in the area appealed to Government to quickly erect a new bridge.

Kapompi becomes the latest bridge to collapse after Manga Bridge which connects Chama South in Muchinga Province to the rest of the country collapsed a week ago due to heavy rains.

Msuzi Bridge on Msuzi stream, about five kilometres from Lundazi town, collapsed on 21st December 2018 leaving hundreds of travelers going to and from Lundazi and Chama stranded.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. LT can include in your reports how old these bridges are so we comment responsibly from an informed position ???

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    • @ Spaka, fair enough only I’m sure advanced details like the age of the bridge are beyond the capacity of mere reporters. For that kind in-depth information, you need to send three ministers and their full entourage to assess the bridge at least.

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    • Spaka…they don’t seem to know investigative journalism. Plus they could’ve added one or two images of the collapsed bridge, instead of this image of the mayor. Mediocre journalism.

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  2. Haha, all the bridges are now getting washed away, cheap material used to build these things and then they rebuild using tax payers money effectively paying twice for one project, it is reverse for real, or maybe they want you to use boats like their moto, ubupuba wachilamo

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    • That $450 million Lazy Lungu’s govt pumped into CB urban roads pre elections in 2016 all wasted on shambolic constructions …the rule of thumb is if you a laying new tarmac anywhere over an existing bridge ..you have to thoroughly inspect the bridge or rebuild but or PF govt of reckless tins rushed projects through…this is the end result bridges collapsing everywhere around the country.

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    • Why are they quick to engage the PF Chink AVIC when ZNS can also do the job at a fraction of the cost.

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  3. Engage AVIC to reconstruct? Did the work on the bridge…please lets be informative in our reporting. Now this Chink company is everywhere.

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  4. Show us the bridge for Gods sake. what kinda reporting is this. Why are you so economical with your pics?

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  5. This kapompi bridge together with the road were not meant for public use, they were previously used for access to the water treatment works that were run by the mines (now under Nkana Water)! KCC later demarcated plots in the area around the water treatment plant without considering the suitability of the access infrastructure! Now you have this collapse.

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