The contractor engaged to construct ten conventional hand-dug water wells funded by Irish Aid government in Luwingu district in the Northern Province has resurface with an apology after ten months of absence.
Chipembele General Dealers of Lusaka made an apology through a letter dated 16th July 2012 addressed to the District Council Secretary, Michael Katemwe, and signed by Loti Chipembele, that he delayed completing the conventional hand-dug water wells due to high water levels.
The letter of apology also states that the delay was caused by a number of factors, among them the on-set of the rainy season and the high cost of materials in the country, forcing management to decide importing the materials from India.
It further states that the arrangement to import the materials from India was mismanaged and the company money got lost in the process.
“The delay was caused by a number of factors, among them the on-set of the rainy season. We had to stop working during the rainy season due to high water levels. We also had a management problem regarding the source of pumps due to high cost of materials in Zambia. The company decided to import the materials from India but this arrangement was mismanaged and the company money lost in the process,” read the letter in part.
Chipembele General Dealers resurfaced yesterday aboard Chibangamoto Coach Services with assorted materials for conventional hand-dug water wells situated in Lubansenshi constituency.
And Luwingu District Council Planning Officer, Chansa Mwila, confirmed the development to Zambia News and information Services (ZANIS)in Luwingu yesterday, saying the contractor re-emerged in the district after a long unexplained disappearance.
Mr Mwila said the local authority had almost terminated his contract and that he would be allowed to continue with his work for the benefit the community in the outskirts who are in dire need of clean and safe drinking water.
He further said Chipembele General Dealers was given K33 million for mobilization and K66 million as 20 per cent first payment.
Other companies engaged to construct conventional hand-dug water wells funded by Irish aid government were Goi goi, Corporate Premier and JPNEM.
Goi goi was paid K31 744, 000 as mobilization and k63 488, 000 as 20 per cent first payment, Corporate Premier K35, 960, 000 mobilization and K71, 920, 000 as 20 per cent first payment and JPNEM K35, 700, 000 and K71, 400, 000 as 20 per cent first payment as at 3rd September 2011 respectively.
He said the works are going on well with other contractors constructing conventional hand dug water wells in the area.
Mr Mwila said Irish Aid released over K700 million for the construction of 40 conventional water hand-dug water wells in Luwingu district.
Irish Aid is currently supporting a number of developmental projects in Luwingu, Isoka, Mbala and Mpika districts