Construction of the Kazungula Bridge between Zambia and Botswana has been suspended because Zambia has failed to pay it’s part of the financial obligation amounting to $18 million.
Botswana Media report that the contractor is owed $18 million by the Zambia side and this has forced construction workers to go on strike. The contractor building the bridge has since suspended its works due to non payment.
According to Botswana media, all this money is owed by the Zambian Government, as the Botswana Governmebt has met all its obligations to the contractor.
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.