bwnazmzw bridge start promised again before next april fools
- well we have heard of its imminence for decades now& perhaps there is nothing new here eitherexcept the countdown to zero calendar has indeed movedfrom over or about a yearwhere it has stood motionless for many yearsdown to 11 months or less now
The construction of the two hundred and 30 million dollar proposed Kazungula Bridge in Southern Province will start in the first quarter of next year.
The construction of the bridge is estimated to last for four years.
This was announced at the signing ceremony of the ‘Kazungula
Bridge Sponsor’s agreement’ between Zambia and Botswana.
The signing ceremony took place in Botswana’s Kasane Town.
Works and Supply Minister, Gabriel Namulambe signed on behalf of Zambia while Frank Ramsden, Botswana's Minister of transport and Communication signed on behalf that country.
The agreement aims to provide a comprehensive foundation for joint execution of the proposed Kazungula Bridge project.
It will also give effect to the establishment of the ‘Kazungula Bridge Authority’ which will be the institutional basis for co-operation to construct and oversee the management and maintenance of the Bridge and border facilities.
Mr Namulambe says the project is economically viable and will make a substantial contribution to the economies of Botswana and Zambia.
He says the construction of the bridge and its associated one-stop border facilities will help reduce congestion at Kazungula and will result in a smooth flow of passengers and goods.
And Mr. Ramsden says the project will reduce transport costs and enhance transport links and operations between the two sister countries.
He says the idea of constructing the proposed bridge which started in the 1970’s is now becoming a reality.
Ends/ZNBC/ 30/04/11 15 42 hours
& importantly the bridge span
as previously reported here
will have a distinctly westward or upriver curvature so as to avoid any chance of touching zimbabwe
& the existence of this curve in the design is already a glaring effectivity
it establishes that botswana & zambia do not challenge the maximum zimbabwean claim
allowing & following the alignment of the bwzw terminal beacons all the way out to the zambezi median line
& thus quite some distance upriver
namibia however while cooperating with the bridge project has no stake in the shape of the bridge & has thus not so committed herself to the zimbabwean view
had namibia been so uncooperative as zimbabwe
& had the namibian view thus determined the shape of the bridge
it would rather have had a distinctly eastward or downriver curvature
judging from all available evidence of the thalweg locations
so as to avoid any similar chance of touching the easternmost point of namibia
which had been pinned to the ambulant thalweg junction of the chobe & zambezi
til fixed & frozen perhaps & apparently by a secret bwna demarcation in 2003
had the bridge one span of each curvature
at the definite points where all their 4 delimited & or demarcated boundaries intersect
but the fact or even the delusion that this project is moving forward appears to establish that the bwzm frontier
is interrupted & thus foreclosed by a nazw frontier in the middle of the confluence
at least unless & until the secret 2003 bwna thalweg demarcation is ratified & disclosed