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RAMPANT ROAD FURNITURE VANDALISM WORRIES RDA

Vandalized New Jersey barriers along Kafue Road

The Road Development Agency (RDA) is saddened by the high levels of vandalism along Kafue Road in Lusaka Province.

RDA Director Communications and Corporate Affairs Masuzyo Ndhlovu said vandalism was very retrogressive as Government spends huge amounts of money to have these road features installed.

“This is quite rife in many parts of the country, in particular from Chilanga to Kafue, we have noticed a lot of vandalism of road furniture along this stretch, we have for quite some time now sensitized the public through the media, radio and television, and we have also developed jingles where we are everyday talking about these things.

“Road safety is important for motorists because you can know what is coming ahead of you or if the road is curved the sign post will give you those directions,” he said.

Mr. Ndhlovu said road furniture included sign posts, safety features such as guard rails and New Jersey barriers.

He explained that these features were not for decorating a particular road but were important components of the highway.

 

 

Vandalized guard rails along Kafue Road.

  

Mr. Ndhlovu has since appealed to people out there to desist from vandalizing or stealing road furniture be it sign posts, because this becomes a danger not only to motorists but also to pedestrians.

Vandalism is an offence under the laws of the Republic of Zambia which can lead to penalties such as imprisonment.

RDA Director Road Maintenance Eng. Dickson Ndhlovu also noted with the concern the rampant scourge of vandalism along Kafue Road.

Eng. Ndhlovu said that the only way to remedy the situation was through day works under the routine maintenance contracts.

“Under routine maintenance, when we start out, we will do an inventory of everything such as how many roads signs are on a particular road, for example when a road sign is stolen, the contractor is instructed to replace those signs,” he said.

Eng. Ndhlovu also said that through the RDA Lusaka regional office, an assessment of the damaged barriers would be made and the contractor would be instructed to work on the damaged furniture.

“One of the things that the Regional office does is to carry out routine works weekly to see such things,” he said.

On road signage, Eng. Ndhlovu said that the Agency was aware that there had been a challenge with regards to vandalism of road signs and this must be halted.

 

Guardrails down!

RDA ENGAGES TRADITIONAL LEADERS OVER KASOMENO-MWENDA ROAD, BRIDGE PROJECT

RDA Sociologist Oivy Hamududu Boole, RDA Senior Manager Corporate Affairs Anthony Mulowa, Engineer Contracts at RDA Luapula Regional Office Bestern Hakasonda, Principal Environmentalist Gershom Chilukusha and Chief Kashiba during a meeting at his palace in Mwense District.

 

The Road Development Agency (RDA) today engaged Chief Kashiba and Chief Mulundu of Mwense District in Luapula province to discuss matters pertaining to the well being of their subjects during the construction of the Kasomeno-Mwenda road and bridge.

The two traditional leaders who spoke separately at their palaces have welcomed the development to construct the road and bridge that would link Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The traditional leaders have however, emphasized that when the project kicks-off, there was need to employ a considerable number of youths from the area.

The team from RDA comprised of Senior Manager Corporate Affairs Anthony Mulowa, Principal Environmentalist Gershom Chilukusha, Sociologist Oivy Hamududu Boole and Engineer Contracts at RDA Luapula Regional Office Bestern Hakasonda.

The team is in the area to conduct an assessment in respect of the Project Affected Persons (PAPs) on the 1.6Km access road to the bridge site.

Chief Kashiba said there was need to make sure that thorough screening was done to ensure that genuine PAPs were compensated.

He also said there was need for the developer to ensure that it met the needs of the locals through tangible Corporate Social Responsibility as the project was being financed under a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

 

Chief Kashiba at his Palace.

 

The Project involves upgrading 85km of the Chalwe to Mwenda Road and construction of a new bridge across the Luapula River at Chalwe.

Once upgraded, the new route is anticipated to significantly reduce travel times.

The scope also includes the construction of a new road and associated border controls and toll plazas between Kasomeno in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Mwenda in Zambia.

Key elements of the project include: 182 km of new single carriageway road. 96km of the road is situated in the DRC and 86 km in Zambia and Construction of a 345 metres cable-stayed bridge across the River Luapula.

Chief Mulundu at his palace.

 

Other components are the Construction of one-stop border posts on either side of the River Bridge with associated parking and warehousing facilities and Construction of toll plazas on both sides of the bridge.

 Others are Construction of four satellite toll plazas and Provision of an access road to the proposed airport at Kasenga.

 The project is an integrated PPP toll concession between the Concessionaire, Messrs Groupe Europeén de Development (GED) Projects Africa Zambia Limited and the Governments of Zambia (GRZ) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

 The concessionaire has signed separate concession agreements with the respective Governments.

RDA CALLS FOR SYNERGIES WITH WATER UTILITY FIRMS

RDA Management team led by Director and CEO Eng. George Manyele during a meeting with National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) Director Eng. Kelvin Chitumbo with his management team.

 

 

The Road Development Agency (RDA) has called for closer working relationships with all water utility firms in the country.

RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. George Manyele has said this was in view of increased damage to roads during laying or repairing of water pipes by water utility companies.

He said there was need for all water utility companies to work with the RDA when the network of water pipes crosses the road network.

Eng. Manyele was speaking when he paid a courtesy call on National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) Director Eng. Kelvin Chitumbo.

And Eng. Chitumbo assured the RDA that NWASCO would engage water utility companies on how best this issue could be resolved amicably.

NWASCO regulates all water utility companies in Zambia.

 

Group photo.

RDA COMMENDS ZAMBIA POLICE FOR SAFEGUARDING ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE

L-R Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja, RDA Director and CEO Eng. George Manyele and RDA Director Communications and Corporate Affairs Masuzyo Ndhlovu.

 

 

Road Development Agency (RDA) Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. George Manyele has commended the Zambia Police Service for partnering with the Agency in safeguarding road infrastructure in the country.

Eng. Manyele said road furniture was an important component of the road network and vandalism or thefts have potential to cause huge problems that could even lead to death.
The RDA Director and CEO was speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja.

And Eng. Manyele has proposed that the Police service should in future provide input in road designs by suggesting where they would be mounting check points or roadblocks.

He said when motor vehicles stop on check points and roadblocks, they exerted more pressure on the road, a situation that increases wear and tear on the highway.

“We are proposing that in future, give suggestions to the Agency on areas where check points or roadblocks can be mounted, this will give us chance to construct strong concrete roads on such portions as currently there is increased deterioration of the road on places where check points and roadblocks are mounted.” Eng. Manyele said.
Eng. Manyele went on to say that in Lusaka at Kabangwe area on the Great North Road, the RDA constructed a concrete pavement area specifically designed to accommodate a check point but had observed that the check point had been moved from the place that was purposely designed for such an activity.

Eng. Manyele also cited other areas where check points were mounted on the Great North road such as Chisamba where the road had deteriorated completely due to the continuous pressure that motor vehicles exert.

He added that another source of concern was overloaded trucks on the roads and that RDA through its Axle Load Control Unit wanted to work with the traffic Police to curb overloading.

And the Police IG said the Service was always ready to partner with any organization in the area of providing security.

Mr. Kanganja pledged to support the Agency should it face any challenges that requires Police intervention in its operations.

RDA CALLS FOR CLOSE TIES WITH ZAMBIA RAILWAYS

Zambia Railways Limited Public Relations Manager Caristo Chitamfya, RDA CEO Eng. George Manyele, RDA Director Road Maintenance Eng. Dickson Ndhlovu, RDA Acting Director Commercial and Technical Services Eng. Godfrey Songeya and RDA Director Communications and Corporate Affairs Masuzyo Ndhlovu.

 

The Road Development Agency (RDA) has called for close collaboration with the Zambia Railways Limited in order to transform Zambia into a regional transport hub of the road and rail sector.

RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. George Manyele says the two organizations should create a network platform that will help promoting linkages between rail and road transport.

Eng. Manyele was speaking when he paid a courtesy call on ZRL Chief Executive Officer Christopher Musonda in Kabwe.

And Eng. Manyele has called on ZRL to operationalize the 2018 Statutory Instrument (SI) that compels 30 % of heavy cargo to be moved by rail.

 

During a conducted tour of Zambia Railways Head office in Kabwe.

 

He said RDA was concerned with overloading of motor vehicles on the roads as this contributes to quicker deterioration of the roads.

"In 2018 a Statutory Instrument was signed called the Railways Transportation of heavy Goods to compel 30% of bulky and heavy cargo to be transported by rail. As RDA we would like to know the status of the full implementation or operationalization of the SI because we are an interested stakeholder on the matter," Eng. Manyele said.
And Mr. Musonda said he was optimistic that the two organizations would enjoy a sound working relationship.

He said the courtesy call by the RDA CEO signifies the beginning of a long-lasting collaboration that will see the two institutions achieve a lot.

Mr. Musonda added that already ZRL and RDA have worked closely in the construction of the Kazungula Bridge which has a component of Rail.

He said ZRL is determined to connect the rail from Kazungula to Livingstone.

Tour of Zambia Railways facilities.