A total of 750 bags of cement meant for the construction of Lambwe Chikwama clinic in Chienge District of Luapula Province has gone to waste.
The initial 300 bags of cement delivered to the construction site over a year ago have caked because of delays in constructing the health facility which was started close to two years ago.
The 300 bags of cement were delivered to the construction site by the Luapula Province Community Medical Office over a year ago.
This came to light during the Chienge District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC) Meeting held in the Council Chambers last Friday.
Meanwhile, It was revealed during the same meeting that a further 450 bags of cement delivered to the construction site six months ago was also at risk of caking.
Acting Public Health Officer at the Chienge District Community Medical Office, Given Mweene who confirmed the caking of the Cement attributed the situation to poor storage facilities.
He said construction of Health facility which is still at the foundation level despite works starting close to two years ago had delayed due to erratic funding.He said the K30,000 allocated for the labour contract of the clinic was not enough.
Planner at the Chienge District Community Medical Office, Lemmy Situnyama assured the Meeting that Construction works would be sped up following the mobilization of the people in Lambwe Chikwama to provide community contribution.Commenting on the same matter, District Forestry Officer, Crispin Mtine said there was need for the Provincial Office to work closely
with the District Staff instead of imposing their wishes.
He said the Truck that carried the cement in question delivered it at night without any accompanying district staff.He said it was also possible that the cement had already caked at the time
it was delivered because there was no one to check its condition upon delivery.