Newton Sibanda
March 01, 2017

ZAMBIA and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are in the process of establishing the Luapula River Authority (LRA) to manage shared water resources between the two countries.

Zambia’s Minister of Energy David Mabumba said the riparian states are discussing the establishment an authority to manage the Luapula River joint resource.

“The Luapula River which is shared with the DRC has immense hydro potential which both countries want to tap but coming up with an authority will enable us utilize the water resource effectively.

“So we are in discussions with that country and very soon we will travel to Kinshasa (DRC capital) to finalise documents to come up with a special purpose vehicle to look after the water resource,” Mr Mabumba.

He said Zambia wanted to realize 1000 megawatts (MW) from the Luapula River Hydro-Power Project estimated to cost US$4 billion.

Zambia and Zimbabwe have the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) to manage water resources in the Zambezi River which is shared by the two countries.

Water Journalists Africa

Water Journalists Africa (WJA) is the largest network of journalists reporting on water in the African continent. It brings together some 700 journalists from 50 African countries. It was established in 2011 in Cape Town South Africa with support from the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication.

WJA is legitimately registered as an NGO with Uganda’s National Bureau for NGOs (NGO Bureau)

It is governed by a board of governors and an advisor body. The two bodies meet regularly to review the organization’s programs and projects.

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