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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Government is concerned about the state of bridges in Muchinga and Northern Provinces-Sikazwe

Government Delegation led by Presidential Affairs Minister Hon Freedom Sikazwe inspecting the washed away bridge
Government Delegation led by Presidential Affairs Minister Hon Freedom Sikazwe inspecting the washed away bridge

Mpulungu Member of Parliament Freedom Sikazwe says government is worried with the continued collapsing of bridges in Muchinga and Northern Provinces.

Mr Sikazwe says the continued collapsing of bridges is a drain on national coffers.

And Mr Sikazwe has expressed disappointment with delays by the Road Development Agency -RDA- to reconstruct Lunzuwa Bridge which is on the verge of collapsing in his constituency.

He was speaking after inspecting Lunzuwa Bridge in Mpulungu district.

Mr Sikazwe said interventions by the defense force are temporary but there is need to construct a permanent bridge.

He said Mpulungu is a business area which cannot risk being cut off from other parts of the country.

Mr Sikazwe who is also presidential Affairs minister said there is need for intensified inspection of bridges countrywide.

And Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Ronald Chitotela said government is doing everything possible to rectify the situation.

Mr Chitotela has urged RDA to send inspectors across the country to check the state of bridges and give a report as soon as possible to avoid disasters.

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  1. The only job PF government specialises in is inspecting self made disasters with large entourages for allowances. JOKERS AT WORK.

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    • Urrrrrgh! How many times will I say there are no bridges in Muchinga at least as far as I know along “Great” north road and I ask anyone to challenge this. those are water passes … that is why you keep seeing soil instead of washed away concrete and metal pillars it is like calling a water pass for the drainage at your gate a bridge it is no different

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  2. “Mr Chitotela has urged RDA to send inspectors across the country to check the state of bridges and give a report as soon as possible to avoid disasters.”

    The mediocrity continues…AG Reports clearly state RDA was not doing its job when these bridges were worked on and this same Chitotela was overseeing all these contracts even chipping in with his proxy company. You can not solve this problem with the same monkeys that raided last years maize harvest.
    These are really wasted years …PF is a reckless govt!!

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  3. Radioactive waste for the next 10,000 years? Sure! GM-cotton? Absolutely not, too dangerous!

    Where’s the sense in that?

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  4. l like this government. Despite the short comings, this government has really done a lot of projects within 7 years. Every bulalo that collapses its PF that built. Mmmmmmmmm mwebo nangu lupato. Why has Michael Data bridge in Chongwe collapsed? These are trunk roads that were put up in the 60s. Surely, is it fair to blame PF,? Awe mwanyanya. Kanshij 2021 muka fenta!

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  5. That problem will not go away as long as Chitotela remains minister responsible for construction of bridges and is a courier of chinese money for the guy in state house. Lungu is a huge disappointment. The clown with realistic chance of forming government is equally useless! Very depressing!

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  6. Stealing through inflated BOQs resulting in the installation of weak structures. Consequences are disastrous. And you can open you running flabby mouths saying s.tupified slogans SONTA umuntu ni koswe! ati presidentiii, an ‘accidental’ person of the presidency. wasted years in the history of the motherland.

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    • Boqs are competitive. More than 20 contractors compete. RDA also have a boq to compare with a reasonable quote

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  7. Maybe if the honourable Sikazwe done less jumping and clowning around the president and did some serious checks of his consistuencies they can have some decent work done on those bridges.

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  8. “…..Mr Chitotela has urged RDA to send inspectors across the country to check the state of bridges and give a report as soon as possible to avoid disasters….”

    You mean those wonkey bridges and roads being swept away were not inspected when being handed over ???

    If they were inspected, you to fire your inpectores, some one needs to be held accountable , this is why we will never move forward , no one is held accountable

    …..how can a bridge or road last only one rain season ???

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    • Brother Spaka you speak a lot of sense. We should meet one day a form a formidable political party

      Let us Forget about PF and Upendi

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    • Defects liability period includes a full rainy season.

      Therefore contractor must come back for remedial works.

      The client must have withheld retention to be released upon satisfactory works.

      Why bring in soldiers if the bridge is less than a year.. unless we dont have factual data

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  9. Chitoleta should just have resign ed includin RDA director. This is economic sabotage. In countries like Japan you resign immediately. In Russia its 25yrs in jail. In Zambia its a laughing matter and part of Zambian commedy

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  10. Worried about Luapula and Northern provinces where there are at least broken down bridges, how about Western and North-Western where there no bridges where they are supposed to be? One Zambia, One Side indeed!

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  11. And look at the thickness of the tarmac on the road in the picture……I cannot see a road foundation there!

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  12. There are areas in the world that experience more rains than Zambia but their bridges do not fail at the rate it has happened in Zambia.
    The enineering consultants for those failed bridges must be held accountable & prosecuted.
    RDA must also be held accountable becsuse they part and parcel of all those failed projects. In short RDA engineers do not have the competance to undertake these assignments on thier own.
    Its time other proffessions are brought on board to help get things right meaning : environmental specialists, Architects etc In America roads and bridges are done with the involvement of Architects and other proffessions and not just the engineers . Its time to remedy the situation.

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