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Lusaka Water seals €240m deal

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
THE Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) has signed a €240 million contract with Zhongmei Engineering Group and Gabriel Couto Zambia to improve access to sanitation services.
The project, which is under the Lusaka Sanitation Programme, will be implemented over a year and is expected to connect over 2,000 new customers.
Speaking during a signing ceremony in Lusaka yesterday, LWSC managing director Sylvester Mashamba said the programme is the first step towards the implementation of the sanitation masterplan developed in 2011.
Dr Mashamba said the project has been financed by the World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), European Investment Bank and the Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW).
“This project has two lots with lot one awarded to Zhongmei Engineering Group Limited while lot two was awarded to Gabriel Couto Limited,” he said.
He said sanitation is key to human development and that is why Government has focused on improving sanitation in Lusaka.
“Lusaka is suffering from a sanitation crisis that claims lives through annual outbreaks of cholera, typhoid and dysentery and causes severe environmental pollution, especially in peri-urban areas where there is inadequate access to sanitation services,” Dr Mashamba said.
He said access to sanitation services is lower in peri-urban settlements as sanitation provision is left to residents who mostly use unsafe pit-latrines most of which are in poor condition.
“We are confident that when this project comes to an end, the quality of life in most parts of Lusaka will improve,” he said.
Zhongmei Engineering Group marketing officer Justin Yo and Gabriel Couto Zambia chief financial officer Rui Dias pledged to do their best to ensure that the works are completed on time.

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