Northern Province Minister Charles Shawa has directed the Provincial Tender Committee to blacklist contractors’ carrying out shoddy work on capital projects in the province.

Mr. Shawa has given a Chinsali-based contractor a two month ultimatum to complete the construction of offices meant for the Office of the President Special Division in Isoka District.

In an interview with ZANIS, Mr. Shawa said he was disappointed with some local contractors who have continued to do shoddy work on infrastructure development.

He said it was unacceptable for government to spend huge sums of money on poor workmanship.

Mr. Shawa said as a way of safe guarding public resources, the provincial tender committee must identify and blacklist contractors involved in shoddy works.

The minister explained that the move would help to bring sanity in the execution of projects in the Province.

Mr. Shawa also said the failure by K.C. Mukosa Enterprises of Chinsali to complete works on the K900 million building for the Office of the President Special Division in Isoka was worrying.

He said the project should have been completed in August last year but that works were still going.

Mr. Shawa warned the contractor that if he fails to complete the project within two months, his contract would be terminated.

The Minister has since urged contractors to carry out quality workmanship on capital projects such as roads and bridges in order to enhance development in the province.

ZANIS/WS/ENDS/MM.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. This is dogs man… This is bulls**t, these guys go into a contract with full knowledge of what is required. Black listing is not sufficient, what contractors are doing is treason. The adulterated infrastructure they are putting up has the potential to kill thousands of people when they implode to stand. How many are you going to blacklist, close up one another springs up and the cycle continues… What is the point it is treason, these guys should be prosecuted. It is precisely malfeasance of the grandest level. These guys need to know that what they’re doing is treason. How in The Lords name should they be left alone lightly… Set a precedence… Charge them with treason!

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  2. #5 Ba Moze namuloshe po bwino. I hope Castro had time to make his peace with all those people he shot and pissed off while his father was plundering the country.

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  3. I hope they will not be forcing companies to work for little money in fear of being blacklisted!! I do not trust this move at all.

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  4. I totally agree with number 6. I have commented on this issue before where a DC complained about shoddy work in Luapula Province a few months ago.

    Question: Is it criminal to falsify documentation that one can carry out a piece of work and yet they have no idea? Is it criminal to obtain money by false presences that one would deliver a finished project or otherwise, they fail to do but have been paid from public funds? These are the loop holes our govt should be sealing and the opposition should be addressing these issues where the govt is wasting hard earned public funds. What’s wrong with our politicians. No wonder NO ONE IN THE COUNTRY HAS ASKED WHERE PROCEEDS FRM SELL OF COPPER ARE KEPT, RESERVES ARE HELD. Not in Zambian banks for sure. We need to ask RP where is our money…

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  5. Blacklisting is corruption cover up. You cannot obtain public funds to take up a project and run away without completing the it, perform shoddy work or not even do anything at all and no ones cares, no one takes responsibility (what is the job description of of a Minister of Works & Supply? These projects I think fall under his remit). People should go to jail and save long hard years in prisons. No leniency, we have been too lenient for too long at the expense of loss of jobs, lives, slump in education standards, collapse of communication infrastructure such as roads, rail networks, PTC (Zamtel), Zesco. Why, why? It’s so disheartening to read in the papers in fighting in the opposition and the ruling party, personal scores to settle in the press. Where are the benefits from HIPC?

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  6. Shawa naimwe,stop yapping.For how long have people been calling dealing with this issue.Its a problem when a country is overwhelmed with the” nchelekeko” culture

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  7. Differentiate between shoddy works and late finishing of projects.NCC and consultant to complain.Any project has a consultant not a politician.kick backs or cadre patronage is the result.stop killing the industry.Blacklist means a lot thank you.

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  8. Zambian British, you could not be more right, this is our battle for as long as we all just sit back and complain, nothing positive will ever happen. I think enough is enough, we can not have a country being run like a chicken run or a ka Ntemba

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