Government has released over K45 billion for rehabilitation works on the Great East Road in Eastern Province.

And Government has warned Controlling Officers who award contracts to contractors that perform shoddy works that they risked being prosecuted.

Eastern Province Minister Charles Shawa disclosed to ZANIS in an interview in Chipata today, that K30.2 billion has been released for the Chipata-Mwami road while K15.5 billion will go towards the Nyimba-Sinda stretch on the Great East Road.

Mr. Shawa said major rehabilitation works on the two roads have since commenced and that the projects were expected to be completed by June this year.

He also disclosed that Government has awarded a contract to Sable Construction Company to carry out works on the two roads.

Mr. Shawa further revealed that works on the Chipata-Lundazi road would commence in September this year and would be completed next year.

He said Government was prompted to release the funds in order to ease the transportation of agricultural produce and other products to other parts of the country.

The Provincial Minister noted that there is need for permanent rehabilitation on major roads in the province to enhance development.

“We need to ensure that these roads have permanent surfaces so that we do not spend monies on rehabilitating them annually, mere patching has been costly,” he said.

Mr. Shawa added that rehabilitation works on the Chipata-Mfuwe road would begin in December this year and be completed next year.

And Mr. Shawa has warned Controlling Officers who award contracts to companies that perform shoddy works that they will face the consequences.

He described the trend as dishonest and a deterrent to the country’s development.

Mr. Shawa stated that Government will not take kindly to erring Controlling Officers frustrating its developmental efforts.

He further warned contractors abrogating their contractual obligations that they will have their operating licences revoked and be liable for prosecution.

Meanwhile, the provincial minister has expressed happiness at the rate at which the Chipata/Muchinji Railway line is progressing.

He expressed confidence that the project would be completed by April this year, according to schedule.

Mr. Shawa said the K10 billion that was released by Government recently would facilitate the quick completion of the project.

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25 COMMENTS

  1. In rain season,a drivers will never die of thirst of water in our country Zambia.There are alot of wells on all the roads.But gentlemen why do we pass through the same things over and over?Why do we have to mend pot holes after each and every rain season???

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  2. Such a huge amonut of money end up without been acounted for to the public and how it is used and how much has been paid and to who? Our governmet thinks by announcing the figure then we say they are working or doing us a favour! when its their duty and obligation to construct nice road.
    We need to truck all the recordes on the usage of this amount and be made available to the public.We want to know everything about it! no more secrets pliz, and diversify funds to personal use!we are keeping an eye!
    Give us a finacial report! don’t even hassitate!Bakalamba its our money afterall.

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  3. Please stop wasting time and resources. Construct a dual carriage way from Lusaka to Chipata and two bridges over the Luangwa. Great East Road is one of the most dangerous roads in Zambia. A well constructed dual carriage way would be safer and would reduce wasted money that keeps on coming to patch up pot holes. Zambian govt irritates me at times for poor foresight.

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  4. When are we going to start hearing positive thing about our leaders? Its very disturbing that the people we entrust we our country all want to be Bill Gates overnight.Please make decisions while keeping in mind that you are inspiring your own children as leader. Lets stop this tendancy of selfish acts.

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  5. When is the chivuna monze road and the chivuna magoye road going to be worked on?There is a big high school there(st josephs high school)yet the road is a sorry sight especially in rain season.please bakateka do something.The work on the namwala road has be suspended for years.The work started in chiluba era but up to now it has not finished.

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  6. Sable Construction Company again????? Corruption!!!!!!…Wanyanya # 1, it is this same habit of giving contracts to same companies that perform shoddy work that is making us repair the roads year in year out…for the constructors there are making business at the expense of tax payers.

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  7. every year u hear of money being released for what they term as “road rehabilitation”. yet all they do is just fill the pot holes (not mend). why cant they cant they come up with a real plan to really rehabilitate the roads? the great east road has “eaten” a lot of money. tho no progress has been seen. same stories all the time? is it that they never respect we easterners or what? something must be done.

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  8. Anyamata bose bakhungu bakumanyikwa, kwene mbenu everytime they give these contracts to questionable characters, how many fingers dip into these scams? We are tired, now we are going to institute displinary action at the construction site if we smell a rat.

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  9. It is not surprising that Sable is offered the contract by Govt. Sable Construction Company is actually an appendage of MMD. This is the way the Govt. funds filter out of Govt treasury into MMD accounts. It is unfortunate that companies that have poor profile win these tenders. Previous performance should matter in road construction. I would advise that the company that worked on Kapiri-Serenje road be sought after for their product is perfect. We need real action in the national road maintenance.

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  10. you stupid controlling officers!! Niko -monze Road,Chivuna -Monze Road and Mongu -kaoma.Solwezi -Chavuma roads are all not done and some of theme never been done before?why are you enriching these sable constructions indian chaps?it’s so silly ..

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  11. To me it is not the amounts of Kwacha being released that matter. It is the quality of work done by the contractors winning the tender. I challenge the relevant authorities to take stock of work done by all contractors that have in one way or the other participated in road repair works and carry out the advantage comparative analysis. If this assignment is conducted in the most unbiased manner, very few contractors will remain on the list of contractors for road works. I guess the Works department or is it the Road Development agency has maintained the database of these roads contractors from way back.

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  12. hvn travelled in southern africa, the work being done by G5 an s.a. company is very impressive…. wld advise ministry concerned to assess progress done by this co, in Zimbabwe, on the plumtree—- mutare road

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  13. hvn travelled in southern africa, the work being done by G5 an s.a. company is very impressive…. wld advise ministry concerned to assess progress done by this co, in Zimbabwe, on the plumtree—- mutare road

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  14. hvn travelled in southern africa, the work being done by G5 an s.a. company is very impressive…. wld advise ministry concerned to assess progress done by this co, in Zimbabwe, on the plumtree—- mutare road

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  15. hvn travelled in southern africa, the work being done by G5 an s.a. company is very impressive…. wld advise ministry concerned to assess progress done by this co, in Zimbabwe, on the plumtree—- mutare road

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  16. hvn travelled in southern africa, the work being done by G5 an s.a. company is very impressive…. wld advise ministry concerned to assess progress done by this co, in Zimbabwe, on the plumtree—- mutare road

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  17. hvn travelled in southern africa, the work being done by G5 an s.a. company is very impressive…. wld advise ministry concerned to assess progress done by this co, in Zimbabwe, on the plumtree—- mutare road

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  18. hvn travelled in southern africa, the work being done by G5 an s.a. company is very impressive…. wld advise ministry concerned to assess progress done by this co, in Zimbabwe, on the plumtree—- mutare road

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  19. hvn travelled in southern africa, the work being done by G5 an s.a. company is very impressive…. wld advise ministry concerned to assess progress done by this co, in Zimbabwe, on the plumtree—- mutare road

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  20. hvn travelled in southern africa, the work being done by G5 an s.a. company is very impressive…. wld advise ministry concerned to assess progress done by this co, in Zimbabwe, on the plumtree—- mutare road

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  21. hvn travelled in southern africa, the work being done by G5 an s.a. company is very impressive…. wld advise ministry concerned to assess progress done by this co, in Zimbabwe, on the plumtree—- mutare road

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  22. hvn travelled in southern africa, the work being done by G5 an s.a. company is very impressive…. wld advise ministry concerned to assess progress done by this co, in Zimbabwe, on the plumtree—- mutare road

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  23. hvn travelled in southern africa, the work being done by G5 an s.a. company is very impressive…. wld advise ministry concerned to assess progress done by this co, in Zimbabwe, on the plumtree—- mutare road

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  24. hvn travelled in southern africa, the work being done by G5 an s.a. company is very impressive…. wld advise ministry concerned to assess progress done by this co, in Zimbabwe, on the plumtree—- mutare road

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  25. hvn travelled in southern africa, the work being done by G5 an s.a. company is very impressive…. wld advise ministry concerned to assess progress done by this co, in Zimbabwe, on the plumtree—- mutare road

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