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Makoye Bridge In Monze Washed Away By Flash Floods!

Government officials in Monze District have confirmed the washing away of the bridge at Makoye which connects Chikuni Mission and surrounding villages to Chisekese.

Monze Town Council Secretary Beson Bweenje and District Commission Cyprian Hamayanga on Thursday went on site to check the extent of the damage which was caused by high volumes of water caused by flash floods that has hit some parts of the district.

Speaking on site MTC Secretary Benson Bweenje said his office was informed of the unfortunate development onThursday morning and that he sent the director of works to do on the spot investigations before he visited the site together with the District Commissioner and some officers.

He said preliminary investigations indicate that the damage was caused by a combination of factors which included Soil erosion and the blockages to the culvertes by silts and logs forcing the water away from the stream among other things.

“It’s true the bridge has been washed out and we attribute the washing away to the higher volumes of water and also the erosion which has taken place. The director of works came in the morning and according to the statement he can not do a conclusive report because the damage is still accumulating. As you can see even where we are standing it shows that the damage is still accumulating. The tree near by is almost falling so by tomorrow we expect some different levels of damages,” he said.

Meanwhile District Commission Cyprian Hamayanga advised residents of Chikuni and surrounding areas to use the Gwembe road which is the alternative route taking them to their destination in Chikuni.

“I can only advice our people in this area to use the alternative route which is the Gwembe road then branch off at Chisuwo school. This is a short cut but for now it is not to be used. I will inform the relevant ministries to expedite the process of ensuring that the bridge is repaired in no time,” he said.

Officers from works department will on Friday carry out further assessment of the extent of the damage.

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14 Comments

  1. Augustine Siamajali

    put into consideration why it is been washing away with floods each year. how about if u adjust the height of the bridge this time and make it like haachanga bridge

  2. Kiki

    Stop awarding tenders to unqualified carders to carry out construction works that fail to stand the test of time.

    • Mantoombwa

      @Kiki, I went to Canisius secondary school and this bridge was an old one. I am sure it was constructed during the KK era. It has stood its taste of time.

  3. Fyantha

    Before construction of bridge, ask locals on how viscious the stream is. Don’t rely on theoretical college knowledge. These are results. Raise bridges to the desired level.

  4. Bridge

    No doubt that bridge was contracted by the Zambian contractor l have never heard of the Chinese contracted bridge being washed away no sometimes it’s just to give all works to the Chinese

  5. lekeni iloke

    We are safe

  6. Asznee

    and yet still no power

  7. chipuka

    Too bad to makoye and chikuni people . in our case the bridge connects matero and chunga at chunga tarven it’s about to be removed and rebuild it again now how do you build a bridge on the main drainage when it’s raining as for now the road is closed and the area is now a death trap

  8. SEE MIND ( NWAMPO)

    THANK YOU LORD, FOR YOU ANSWERED OUR CRIED PRAYERS NOW THIS SEASON WE WILL NO HUNGER SOUTHERN PROVINCE , WE EXPECT MORE FOOD. PLEASE PEOPLE OF SOUTHERN P USE WATER WISELY FOR PLANTING DIFFERENT CROPS AND MAIZE PLANT FOR 50DAYS V. NO MORE CRY OK . GOD HIS FOR EVERY ONE CONTINUE PRAYING!!

  9. Prince

    Give the Chinese to construct that project

  10. tim

    Too bad

  11. Harry

    Sad news

  12. Chibz

    It happened with the same thing in 2013 when the bridge was being renovated and the water level went higher on top of the bridge while it’s still under construction, you can see how Zambian contractors can go that was the sign of failuer, and why is that road not tarred, we’re changing the monze member of parliament in 2021 we don’t want nonsense

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