The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has purchased an environmental monitoring boat worth about 1.2 million United States dollars for monitoring environmental and water quality issues on lake Kariba.
ZRA Senior Manager of Water Resource and Environmental Management Wilson Sakala said the boat will help the company quicken the monitoring process.
Mr. Sakala said the boat will also benefit pupils from both Zimbabwe and Zambia when they have educational tours on the lake.
He added that it will further benefit the two communities from both countries to have quality water for domestic use and livestock.
Meanwhile, Mr. Sakala said the company introduced a competition which involved pupils from deferent schools from both Zimbabwe and Zambia which are along the lakeshore in the naming of the boat.
He said the first prize is 500 US dollars while second prize is 300 US dollars and the third prize is 200 US dollars.
Mr. Sakala noted that the first prize for a school will be 10,000 US dollar in form of a developmental project.
And acting Siavonga District Commissioner (DC) Hope Mpundu has commended ZRA for the initiative taken to involve pupils from both countries in naming the boat.
Mrs. Mpundu said the involvement shows that there was unity between the two countries.