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Govt announces date for commencement of construction of Kasomeno-Mwenda road in Luapula


Government says the construction of Kasomeno-Mwenda road in Luapula Province is scheduled to start on April, 1, 2024.

Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Charles Milupi, was responding to Kawambwa Member of Parliament, Nickson Chilangwe.

Chilangwa wanted to know when construction of the road, connecting Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) would commence.

He also wanted to know whether the financial closure of the project had been attained and the estimated time frame for the completion of the project.

In his response in Parliament, Milupi informed that the construction of Kasomeno–Mwenda Road was scheduled to commence on April, 1, 2024.

“The project scope includes the construction of a 345 meters Cable-Stayed Bridge across the Luapula River,” the minister said.


Milupi stated that it would include construction of a One Stop Border Post Infrastructure on either side of the bridge, with associated parking and warehousing facilities.

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He added that it would also include the construction of Toll Plazas on both sides of the bridge.

“The project was delayed due to a challenge to attain financial close, estimated about US$180 million,” the minister revealed.

Milupi noted that the project had been granted several extensions to attain financial close, with the current period extended up to March 31, 2024.

He also mentioned that the time frame for the completion of the project had been set at three years with operation and maintenance having been set at 22 years.

On August, 5, 2016, government signed a Concession Agreement with GED Projects Africa Zambia Limited to finance, design, build, operate, maintain and toll 186KM new single carriageway road from Kasomeno in the DRC to Mwenda in Zambia.

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