Zambia responds to the Kazungula bridge crisis
By Staff Reporter
The Zambian governement has assured Daewoo Engineering and Construction of its commitment to the completion of the Kazungula bridge project between Zambia and Botswana.
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing, Engineer Charles Mushota says the financial commitment due from the Zambian government will be offset in this week to avoid adverse imapct on the progress of the construction.
The Permanent Secretary explained that the project was of strategic importance to the two SADC countries and the region.
He said this when he met the contractor in Kasane on the concerns about the completion of the Kazungula bridge.
The contractor has since assured both governments of the project completion and delivery by 2020.
The bridge is 923 metres long and 18.5 metres wide with one stop border facitilities.
The Kazungula bridge project is a bilateral initiative between Zambia and Botswana which is being implemented and co-funded by the two governemnts and corporating international partners among them Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) and Africa Development Bank (ADB).
This is contained in a media statement made available to the press by Kabaso Kalusa, first Secretary, Press and Administration at the Zambian mission in Gaborone, Botswana.
This came to light atfer an emmergency meeting between President Lungu and his Botswana counterpart Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi convened a meeting on Thursday in Kasane to resolve the payment impasse that led to employees of Daewoo, the contractor of the bridge going on strike.
The Zambian government is owing Daewoo $18million contractual obligation to the project.