One of the Piers that needs to be rehabilitated at the Kafue Hook Bridge.

Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Minister Hon. Charles Milupi says repair works at the Kafue Hook Bridge should be complete at least by 2022.

The Minister has since demanded for an assurance from the Road Development Agency (RDA) that the repair works on the Kafue Hook Bridge would not go on beyond 2022.

Hon. Milupi said the new administration wanted the works expedited as the temporary Bridge currently being used had outlived its life span.

He said this when he inspected the extent of the damaged piers at the Bridge. The Minister was accompanied by the RDA Chief Executive Officer Eng. George Manyele.  

Meanwhile, Hon. Milupi was concerned that the Government had lost a lot of money because of ill planned infrastructure projects.

He has, however, assured the nation that the Government would correct the situation by ensuring that critical projects such as the repair of the Kafue Hook Bridge were completed.

Eng. Manyele disclosed that the project had been classified as a strategic one and money was being profiled to complete the project so that it gets off the books of Government.

The Government through RDA engaged China Henan International Cooperation to rehabilitate the 270 meters Kafue River Hook Bridge in the Kafue National Park at a cost of over K147 million.

The Bridge was constructed over 40 years ago and has developed cracks on some of its piers.

Project Consultant Kiran Musonda Associates’ Assistant Resident Engineer, Kokula Kanta informed the Minister that a temporary Bailey Bridge was erected adjacent to the existing structure to provide alternative passage for traffic.

The temporary Bridge adjacent to the Kafue Hook bridge along the Lusaka-Mongu road.