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Zimba-Livingstone Rd – A death trap

By Nalumino Nalumino

 

During the festive season, I took my family out for holiday to the tourist capital city of Zambia, Livingstone the home town of the Victoria Falls.

 

I must admit my family comprising my wife, Miranda and our two children namely Thabo and Limpho had a nice memorable time having been to all most all the major tourist attractions. 

 

However, one disappointing thing is that the road leading into Livingstone is pathetic and portrays a serious misrepresentation of Zambia’s tourist capital.
Death Sentence

Lack of repairing this road is sentencing motorists and pedestrians alike to death each time they drive or walk on it. 

 

I was informed that tourists traveling to Livingstone by road often make a u-turn when they arrive in Zimba where the worst nightmare of both local and foreign tourists begins.

 

“Sorry we are tourists heading towards Livingstone and were given this road map but we’ve hit a dead end unfortunately. It appears there is no road so we’re going back to Lusaka,” one of the narratives a friend of mine who works in a government department told me after I inquired why the road had deteriorated to such a horrifying extent.

 

Another colleague of mine in the media in Livingstone told me that the local provincial leadership had done everything possible to prevent the Zimba-Livingstone Road from reaching such an extent.

 

However, he alleged that the Zambia National Tender Board were sorely responsible for the state of the Zimba – Livingstone because for whatever reason they delayed to award prospecting contractors a contract to rehabilitate the road.

 

Government should explain WHY


As a citizen who pays taxes as well as the fuel levy as a result of each litter of diesel and petrol I buy, I demand that officers responsible should be made answerable to the Zambian people as to why they allowed this important stretch of the road to reach such a deplorable level.

 

As a matter of fact government should be ashamed that right under its nose and all available resources the road leading to the tourist capital can be left to deteriorate to such unimaginable levels.

 

To make matters worse the contractor on site, China GEO does not inspire confidence in their workmanship according to my assessment because even the diversion they have made to me appears to have been made for earth moving and not ordinary vehicles.      

 

Can the Road Development Agency and Zambia National Tender Board as well as Ministry of Works and Supply either singularly or collectively explain to the nation what they were doing while they watched the road depreciate day by day.

 

People holding public office should know that their first duty and obligation is to ensure they serve the citizens through un-challenged service provision not that nonsense of a road destroying vehicles which government can not even rapier.

 

 

Woke up somebody and get down to serious business and serve the people! 

Unfortunately, due to proper third world internet connectivity the author is unable to publish the spine chilling pictures of the Zimba-Livingstone Road. However, I promised my family, God allowing; next time we are on a trip to the tourist capital, we shall be flying unless otherwise.

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January 20, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. I am a Zambian resident in RSA, and a very frequent user of this “killer” road between Livingstone and Zimba. Last year, long before the demise of our late Preident, I innocently asked the people of Livingstone to mention the name of the person who had insulted the President so hard that he had sworn never to have the L’stone – Zimba road fixed. I got no answer. In May last year, I burst the rear shocks of my car after hitting a crater. I now use Chirundu.
    The government must declare this road a national disaster!

    Comment by Joe Kawimbe | January 21, 2009 | Reply

    • It is good to hear Zambians respond and comment on the dire state of the death trap stretch of the Great North Road between Zimba and Livingstone.

      No one can blame you for asking such a profound question:

      “I innocently asked the people of Livingstone to mention the name of the person who had insulted the President so hard that he had sworn never to have the L’stone – Zimba road fixed. I got no answer.”

      So innocently asked, Joe your question is an eye opener to politicians who still practice medieval politics. No matter how a leader is insulted or better still negatively criticized for one thing or the other he/she should be alive to the fact that the people deserve the best of their service in public office.

      “It will not do” as Late President Mwanawasa would put it to disregard the people living in a particular community just because one or a group of community members insulted or voted against the ruling party.

      If what has led to the state of the Zimba – Livingstone Road is some of the fears expressed by Joe, then I don not know what type of leadership exists at all levels of this country.

      Innocent people, some of whom are traveling from the lands of Obama, Mandala, Gandhi, or Churchill are now being persecuted by the Zimba – Livingstone Road.

      As a matter of fact, if the President Banda is serious, he should investigate what led to the deterioration of the Zimba – Livingstone Road.

      I do not know what type of explanation can make the responsible person for this death trap road escape the presidential axe if at all it exists.

      Thank you, Joe and always remember sweet back like you do.

      God bless.

      Comment by kbwhighway | January 21, 2009 | Reply

  2. I second you Mr Chairman I left my car in Livingstone and took a bus to Lusaka when i was up thier in dec.
    the bus took more than two hours to do 70km – 80km

    Comment by mkz | January 21, 2009 | Reply

    • I look forward to the day when Zambians shall cry for the dismissal of public officers who fail to perform according to the expectations of the people.

      Zambians should not lower their standards at a time when the world is fast changing.

      The various tourist attractions in Livingstone are racking in billions of Kwachas on a daily basis and let the Zimba – Livingstone Road deteriorate to such levels is an insult to the tourists and Zambians. Other than that, Livingstone is a boarder town with government institutions like Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), surely why make our young honourable officers who have accepted to serve in this part of this great nation face such tribulations as if the Biblical time of trouble has began.

      As Zambians, we should say no to mediocrity and I pray that the contractor on site and currently moving at a snails pace will do a good job otherwise I doubt their capability considering some of the equipment which looked like home made which I saw on site.

      Let us keep blogging and make Zambia a better country to live in.

      Comment by kbwhighway | January 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. `”. I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives useful information *’-

    Comment by Stevia | January 24, 2011 | Reply


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