Government committed to completing Kazungula Bridge – Chitotela

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Government says it is committed to ensuring work on the 923 metre long permanent rail and road bridge between Zambia and Botswana in Kazungula is completed on time.

Housing and Infrastructural Development Minister Ronald Chitotela says the Kazungula Bridge Project (KBP) will serve as one of the most important lifelines in the trade and economic development of the two nations once construction on the facility is concluded.

He said the Kazungula Bridge will further significantly enhance the swift movement of goods and services between the two nations as it will eliminate the prolonged periods of time that local and international freightliners would have to spend on either side of the border.

The Minister further said the Kazungula Bridge will not only boost trade between Zambia and Botswana but will further advance the economic interests of other inland linked countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC)  such as Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He said this during a joint meeting with the Minister of Transport and Communications from Botswana, Kitso Mokaila when technocrats from the two countries provided an update on the ongoing construction works on the project.

And during a conducted tour on site, Chitotela urged the contractor to deliver the project before or within the stipulated schedule.

Work done currently stands at 53% of the total project scope.

The $234 million project will be a state of the art facility that will span 923 meter long by 18.5 metre wide and will link the town of Kazungula in Zambia to Kasane, Botswana.

The facility will incorporate One Stop Border facilities where Zambia and Botswana Immigration and Customs authorities will exercise control under one roof on both sides of the border.

It will also feature a permanent rail line and walkway for pedestrians who make crossings between the two countries on a daily basis around the nearby border towns and settlements.

Works on site which commenced in December 2014 are being undertaken by Daewoo Construction and Engineering of South Korea and handover of the project to the two governments is expected in March 2019.

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  1. Kazungula on the Botswana side of the business is reflective of a government working to make the place very modern and attractive for its citizens. On the Zambisn side, everything reflects the confused nature of the country’s leadership as everything is poorly planned and disjointed. Anyone given a choice, other than the price of alcohol, Botswana tops everything. Any minister from Zambia meeting his counterpart from Botswana clearly knows that he is naked, and poorly backed by failed systems in Zambia. Any negotiations are from a failed position of our leadership.

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