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.