Yesterday President Edgar Lungu and his Botswanan and Zimbabwean counterparts opened the 923 meters long Kazungula Bridge to the public.
Construction of the bridge commenced in 2014 at a total cost of $259.3 dollars after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Zambia and Botswana which later incorporated Zimbabwe. The bridge which connects Zambia and Botswana comprises a road and rail line as well as a One-Stop-Border Post.
Present at the opening of the bridge were Presidents, Lungu of Zambia, Dr. Eric Masisi of Botswana, Félix Tshisekedi President of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chair of the African Union and Filipe Jacinto Nyusi president of Mozambique and Chair of SADC.
President Lungu said he is optimistic that the development will enhance SADC’s regional integration agenda by facilitating easier access to inter-regional trade.
Meanwhile leader of the UPND, Hakainde Hichilema says the toll fees for use of the new bridge are exorbitant and unrealistic. Mr. Hichilema says given the scale of the economic challenges Zambians continue to face, the fees are an act of economic exploitation and sabotage. The UPND leader says Zambian entrepreneurs will have real challenges coping with the toll fees as their Kwacha generating businesses continue to crumble due to the Kwacha’s unpredictable downward spiral against the United States Dollar.