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Government terminates road contract in Solwezi

Time Posted: December 20, 2012 1:56 pm

Government has terminated a K13 billion contract awarded to Healers Construction company to work on Magrade Road in Solwezi.

North Western Province acting Permanent Secretary, Douglas Ngimbu said that the government has terminated the contract because the contractor has breached the terms of the contract.

Mr Ngimbu said the contractor has lamentably failed to meet the terms by failing to complete the works within schedule while the workmanship on the road is poor.

He said government will look for another contractor to continue with the works.

Meanwhile, Mr Ngimbu has assured the people of North Western Province that no money allocated to the province will be taken back to the treasury because everything is being done to ensure all contractors are paid on time.

There has been growing fear among stakeholders that North Western Province may have to take back about K27 billion to the national treasury due to failure by concerned departments to utilize the funds.

The Rural Roads Unit (RRU) is one of the spending agencies that had been noted to have unutilized funds to the tune of K10 billion, while the provincial administration had K2 billion lying idle.

Mr Ngimbu said that the actual balance of the funds was K13 billion and not K27 billion as earlier suggested.

He said even the K13 billion has already been committed for payments to suppliers and contractors whose certificates of completion for various contractual jobs are being cleared.

He said the permanent secretary’s office is on top of things to ensure that all fund that the province received this year go into addressing the major developmental challenges the province is facing, hence no single ngwee will be returned to the national treasury.



  1. vote
    flag San Jose says: San Jose
    December 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm |

    So there is so much money around in the Banks and yet projects are not moving. Whats wrong with you civil servants in Zambia, thats not a job for politicians, its for the public service.

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    flag oga says: oga
    December 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm |

    Our civil service is rotten,and so corrupted. Just fire them pls and employ our young graduates roaming the streets.

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    flag Nostradamus says: Nostradamus
    December 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm |

    Create a by-election in that constituency, and that road will be done within a week.

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      flag Mwiponta Mukabwela says: Mwiponta Mukabwela
      December 20, 2012 at 11:17 pm |

      Thats a good one lol

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    flag THE KING says: THE KING
    December 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm |

    In Ndola Central Constituency Chipulukusu in particular the contract was terminated for a less than  6 km road and no new contractors have moved in and now that it is rain season bwafya abantu bachula and shamenda is enjoying himself in Lusaka. What a bad choice for an MP for such a powerful and central constituence.
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      flag Sadakah. says: Sadakah.
      December 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm |

      I once lived there and my heart bleeds to see how many people suffer in Chipulukusu. I went to Chibolelel Primary School. That’s the more reason I always think of contesting for that seat because I understand the kind of problems they go through day in, day out. I’m coming soon to take up my rightful place in Politics and support my people in Chipulukusu. I will have that Road from Town through Zesco up to Minsundu Junctions tarred once and for all.

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    flag Turnerac says: Turnerac
    December 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm |

    Understandably, in the event of non-performance or breach of contract, the remedy may be termination of the contract as a last resort. Notwithstanding, the question begging answers here is: “Was the process of contract award subjected to the rigorous process of evaluating the tender to ensure that the prospective contractor had the appropriate experience and sufficient resources at his disposal to undertake such a contract?” My concern with the foregoing is that the process of terminating a contract and retendering usually comes at a huge cost. Going forward, one would always expect that the approach to adopt in contract award would always be that “prevention is better than cure”.

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    flag Kalok says: Kalok
    December 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm |

    Hire slowly, fire quickly. That should be the new maxim. Extend this to the entire civil service and let MPs also be subject to this quality control by their constituents! 

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    flag Son of Africa says: Son of Africa
    December 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm |

    Why is there an acting PS in Northwestern Province?? Last I checked Seyuba had been appointed the PS.

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    flag Solwezi Town says: Solwezi Town
    December 21, 2012 at 7:43 am |

    there is a problem here in solwezi with the civic leadership, these guys a still behind and backwards, thery are villagers look at mitec road junction, look at solwezi Bridge, what is also PF doing, please wake guys develop the city, there is Gold here in Solwezi, Pure Copper etc.

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    flag lone ro says: lone ro
    December 21, 2012 at 8:31 am |

    Next time you will hear that the contract was terminated because one of the directors was a member of opposition or RBs son.

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