ZAMBIA RAILWAYS LIMITED AND BOTSWANA RAILWAY TOUR KAZUNGULA BRIDGE, AGREE WAY FORWARD

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Zambia Railways Limited and Botswana Railways recently met in the border town of Kasani (Botswana) to re-affirm their commitment to the completion of the Kazungula Bridge on the Zambezi River, which forms the border between the two neighbouring countries.

The meeting was preceded by a tour of the 923 meter bridge whose construction has reached an advanced stage.

And responding to media reports that Zambia had abandoned the project due to failure to meet its part of the financial contribution,
ZRL Board Chairman Lubinda Linyama, who led the Zambian delegation, assured his Botswana counterparts that Zambia had made good on its part of the bargain adding that the Kazungula Bridge was too important to be ignored as it was a vital enabler of Zambia’s economic development.

Under the Joint Agreement signed between the two countries, the Zambia Railways will connect Kazungula Bridge to the main Railway
line in Livingstone on a 65 km stretch while Botswana Railway will connect the Bridge to their main line in Mosetse, a distance of 370
km.

The Kazungula Bridge has been designed with a provision for a single rail track facilitating fast and efficient movement of goods on the
North- South Corridor.

The Kazungula Bridge tour and meeting were attended by Board members and CEOs of both Zambia Railways and Botswana Railways.

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