Is a new RDA HQ really a priority?
I honestly think government has got its priorities wrong. This week, the Road Development Agency (RDA) publicised a list of planned procurements in 2017. Eagerly I scanned the list, looking for the Mungwi Road, my road, which by now consists of more (flooded) potholes than road, or at least Lusaka 400, the project meant to rehabilitate urban roads in Lusaka. It was an easy task, as the list is rather short, consisting of 13 planned works for 2017, but alas, nothing! However, towards the bottom of the list I found something rather more interesting. It turns out that K30 million has been allocated to the construction of new RDA headquarters! That the list is short is praiseworthy taking government’s lack of funds into consideration. In addition, government has already declared that it will focus on completing the many on-going but stalled infrastructure projects. However, that RDA is about to construct itself a new headquarters is baffling! K30 million would go a long way towards at least repairing – if not permanently fixing – the many potholes in Lusaka, and I am sure the money could be put to good use in many other locations as well. I acknowledge that RDA’s current headquarters are not exactly showy, but there is a time for everything, and now is definitely not the time.
Camilla Hebo Buus, Editor Zambia Weekly