PARAMOUNT Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni People of Eastern Province has called for quick completion of the tarring works on the Chipata-Chadiza and Chipata-Vubwi roads under the Link Zambia 8,000 Road Project.
Chief Mpezeni said yesterday that it was disappointing that the tarring of the road networks was dragging due to erratic funding from Government.
“Let the contractors speed up the construction of these roads networks because I am aware the construction of the roads has been dragging due to lack of payments from the Government side,”he said.
The paramount chief said he would ensure that he lobbied for the speedy construction of the roads network.
And China Jiangxi International Corporation (CJIC) Limited project manager Lin Ning and China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) project manager Yimo Wang have stated that payment was the big issue facing their construction companies.
“The biggest issue why the project is not moving is payment,”Mr Ning stated.
Mr Wang said that his company was still waiting for the payment from the Government in order to hurry-up the construction works of the road project.
A fortnight ago, Parliamentary Committee on Estimates led by Bwengwa UPND Member of Parliament Highvie Hamududu assured the contractor of payments.
This was after the parliamentary committee had expressed satisfaction of the road project which China State is doing.
In 2013, Government awarded CSCEC a contract for the rehabilitation of major roads feeding into Chadiza District at a cost of K713, 114,097.33 while CJIC was awarded the contract for the tarring of the Chipata-Vubwi-Chadiza road at a cost of over K529, 047,638.88.
According to Status update, CJIC were supposed to complete the tarring works on Chipata-Vubwi-Chadiza road by 15th February this year while China State was expected to complete the road project on Chipata-Chadiza-Katete by 15th January this year.