Thursday, 18 September 2014

*Outcome of the meetings between Zambia and Zimbabwe to discuss the rehabilitation of the Kariba Dam Successful- ZRA*

By MacPherson Mukuka

Zambezi River Authority Chief Executive, Munyaradzi Munodawafa says the outcome of the meetings between Zambia and Zimbabwe and the Cooperating Partners to discuss the rehabilitation of the Kariba has been successful.

Mr. Munodawafa says a number of issues relating to implementation were discussed which paves the way to ensure the rehabilitation works are adequately funded.

He said this in a statement at the end of a series of meetings between the Cooperating Partners and officials from the two Governments over the past three weeks.

Also welcoming the conclusions of the evaluation meetings by the Cooperating Partners, EU Head of Delegation to Zambia, Gilles Hervio confirmed that he was pleased with the progress that has been made so far in the preparatory work to ensure that the rehabilitation works are done in a timely manner to avert a power deficit in future.

Meanwhile African Development Bank Country Representative Freddie Kwesiga stated says he is impressed with the great team work and sense of urgency by the technical teams of the financing institutions and ZRA.

He said that the team has shown that working together among Cooperating Partners can achieve greater development results.

He added that the rehabilitation is important in that it will also secure an already constrained generation capacity in the southern African region.

And World Bank Group Country Director, Kundhavi Kadiresan, said the Organisation is pleased that the intensive work that the technical teams have been doing in the last few years has finally come together with this program of rehabilitation for the Kariba dam.

She said Reliable power generation is needed to meet the ever increasing demands of the region.

Ms. Kadiresan added that the work between Zambia and Zimbabwe on the Kariba rehabilitation has paved the way for further collaboration on harnessing energy sources between the two countries so that transformational changes can be made in the lives of the people in the sub-region.

And Swedish Sweden’s Ambassador to Zambia, Lena Nordstrom, says the consequences of a dam failure would be a serious setback for efforts to reduce poverty and to the impressive economic development of Zambia in recent years, adding that making swift rehabilitation of the dam is the only available course of action.

The Kariba Dam and Hydro-Electric Scheme (HES) was constructed across the Zambezi River between 1956 and 1959 and has been central to energy security and supporting economic development in both Zambia and Zimbabwe.
After 50 years of operation serving the Southern African Region, the Kariba Dam now requires rehabilitation works for its continued safe operation. A failure to invest in the timely rehabilitation of the dam will result in the gradual degradation of key dam safety features to a level below international standards. Therefore, this rehabilitation project, which represents the culmination of a series of in-depth technical studies over the past few years, is absolutely crucial, and will restore the full safety of the dam.


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