Daewoo, the company constructing the Kazungula Bridge has confirmed that it has not been paid.
Earlier in the Morning, the Watchdog revealed that the construction of the bridge between Zambia and Botswana hangs in balance because Zambia is failing to pay up. Botswana and donors are upto date with their financial obligations to the construction of the bridge – only Zambian is doing bwetu bwetu.
Now the construction company says if it does not receive the money by 20 March 2019, workers will not be paid again.
The construction company has advised workers that those who are not satisfied with the status quo must terminate their contracts.
There is already a strike are the construction site due to non payment of last month’ salaries.
The idea to construct the bridge was mooted by late President Levy Mwanawasa when In August 2007 he and the Botswana president announced a deal to construct a bridge to replace the existing ferry.
Construction of the US$259.3 million project, which includes international border facilities in Zambia and Botswana officially began on 12 October 2014.
Some of the major Funders of the bridge are Japan International Cooperation Agency and the African Development Bank.
The two governments are supposed to contribute money but Zambia is failing.