President Mwanawasa has ordered an investigation on how Tomorrow Investments, a local constructing company, has continued to be given government contracts when it has not been performing according to the required standards.
Dr Mwanawasa who also announced the blacklisting of the company from carrying out any more government contracts, has since tasked the Office of the Auditor-General to carry out the investigation in the matter.
Addressing a public rally at Chiutika Basic school in Mambwe district in Eastern province yesteday, Dr Mwanawasa said action should be taken if it is discovered that there was malpractice in granting contracts to Tomorrow Investmants when the company had failed to perform to expected standards.
Dr Mwanwasa said an investigation was necessary to ascertain if tender procedures were followed when granting contracts to the company with a record of shoddy construction works in different parts of country.
“The company has not performed well in Chisamba in Central province where it was expected to construct a school and in Shang’ombo in Western province where it was supposed to construct a hospital,” he said.
He added that the company had done sub-standard works in Western and Northern provinces in road construction.
Dr Mwanawasa warned that government would continue to give contracts to foreign contractors if local ones do not meet the required standards.