Community Development and Social Services Minister, Catherine Namugala, is concerned at the substandard works at Maramba Cultural Village, done by a Lusaka based contractor.
Speaking when she toured the site in Livingstone yesterday, Ms Namugala said the
work was shoddy and there was little to indicate that over K270 million had been spent out of the projected K650 million.
Ms Namugala called on Permanent Secretaries to find time to inspect construction
works in their provinces to ensure tax payers’ money was not spent on substandard
She said Government had a lot of qualified officers to carry out inspection of
construction projects but were not doing so at the expense of the Zambian people.
However, Ms Namugala was hopeful that once completed the cultural village would
attract more tourists to Livingstone and help local people preserve their identity
Meanwhile, the Provincial Cultural Affairs Officer, James Zimba, said Government
terminated the contract awarded to Lwezi Contractors Limited of Lusaka on April 30
He said this was because the contractor was working at a slow pace and revealed that
the cultural village was suppose to be completed in August last but to date was still far from completion.