Botswana President Masisi meets Lungu in Lusaka over Kazungula Bridge

President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana today jetted into Zambia for a face to face meeting with President Lungu following Zambia’s failure to meet its financial obligations towards construction of the jointly owned Kazungula Bridge.
Last week President Masisi sent one of his ministers to deliver a letter to President Lungu in which he asked for a face to face meeting with President Lungu.
President Masisi flew into Lusaka at 07:30 hours today and went straight to State House. He was back at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport by 10 hours for departure back to Botswana.
The Zambian government however did not given any details of the visit prior to the meeting while the press diary from the government controlled ZANIS only indicated that he was in Zambia for a ‘working visit.’
The Watchdog recently reported that Zambia was having challenges in paying the contractor who is constructing the Bridge who has since halted construction. Botswana President Masisi also recently revealed that Botswana has been paying their fees while the Zambian government has not.
Zambia owes the South Korean contractor Daewoo close to $14 million dollars but the Zambian government only released K20 million kwacha last week and urged the contractor to resume work on the project. Daewoo however rejected the call to resume work as the K20 million kwacha that was paid is less than $2 million Dollars.
President Masisi recently indicated that if Zambia fails to pay, his country will ensure that the project is completed. This will mean Zambia will have to repay Botswana. The other option will be for Botswana to be getting all collections from the Bridge till they recover their money.
President Lungu told the media after the meeting that Zambia remains committed to the project adding that Zimbabwe was still being engaged to join the project while his counterpart President Masisi said all contractual obligations on the Bridge have been met. It is not clear if Botswana has ‘paid’ for Zambia.

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