HEALTH deputy Minister Chitalu Chilufya (in a jacket) inspects Siankope rural health post in Choma yesterday which was among the 650 facilities under construction countrywide. Picture by CHILA NAMAIKO
FILE: HEALTH deputy Minister Chitalu Chilufya (in a jacket) inspects
Siankope rural health post in Choma yesterday which was among the 650
facilities under construction countrywide. Picture by CHILA NAMAIKO

GOVERNMENT has terminated the contract of Angelique International Limited, the contractor engaged to build 247 health posts under the 650 health posts project.

Deputy Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said the contractor was engaged to build health posts in Muchinga, Northern, Luapula and North-Western provinces.

Dr Chilufya was speaking when he toured Fiwale Health Centre in Mansa yesterday.

“As President Lungu said, the pace at which the contractors are working is not good. The contractor will clear all Zambian sub-contractors and workers who have been working with him,” he said.

He also said Government will ensure that in the next few weeks, another contractor comes on site to speed up the works.

According to Dr Chilufya, 350 slabs and 137 super-structures have been completed; 10 are ready for commissioning.

This is according to the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) news monitored in Lusaka last night.

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27 COMMENTS

  1. Good steps for the benefit or the people.contractors who don’t want to perform as engaged by government to build health post then start busheeting should be terminated.people should be serious with what they do,when he was looking for employment he was so humble that he can finish a post within 3weeks at the same time in all provinces but now on the contrary is what is happening.my appeal to the head of state is to make sure that any contractor who does shoddy works be terminated immediately without reservations.these people get huge sums of money on the expense of poor Zambians then fails to deliver that’s sad how can u develop your country like that?infact go round the country projects which are being carried check non preforming contractors immediately terminate.bravo to president…

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    • Heeee these PF things are a mess.
      Yesterday your president without running-mate says everything is ahead of plan, today another slow minister says Contract terminated. Let vote in January…

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    • A vote for Lungu is a voted for a united Zambia on stability. But a vote ntwanikani, it’s a wasted vote for aishas as aishas are for their clans and not Zambians.

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    • The first crime was to award 247 projects to ONE contractor. And this only happens when the appointing authority have undue benefit in a contract. Chances are that this contractor is not well vest with our rural conditions where these health centers are to be build. Now at whose cost is the new procurement process be undertaken – especially that it now increases the cost of the project coz a new bidder now wil tender at current prices. Besides another YEAR wil be lost coz we know how SLOW government’s procurement processes go. Thanks to PF.

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    • Brilliant by the PF, astonishingly bad are those health institutions if that picture is anything to go by.

      Ludicrous

      Thanks

      BB2014

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  2. How did you give one company to build so many clinics in different provinces when you don’t have their track record?

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    • Because it is an Indian company and India provided the loans to build the clinics. That is how these Government to Government Loans work

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  3. Thus what we can we call super Intelligence
    Planning a head yes, The Contracter didn’t see it coming.
    Wait and see how 2016 will unfold, last someone was too fast he got carried away
    And passed the destination Plot 1.
    This time he won’t even by it because
    He has already lost it.
    The Constitution is not about two or three
    Clauses, It’s bigger so big such that even
    Some economists failed to shoot it down
    Basically it’s Lungu all the way.
    Ask the Tax evaders there’s no where to hide

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  4. structures are of very poor quality because of political interference. A politician wants to rush projects just because of elections around th corner.

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    • We including your grand children are going to pay for that selfsame shambolic prefab rubbish in that photo with interest to the Indian Govt when that loan is due and this lazy Lungu and Fossil Chikwanda will be long gone by then either dead or enjoying retirement as self made businessmen.

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  5. The picture is for Siankope Clinic in Choma but in the story the contractor is said to have been given the contract to build clinics in Luapula, ever green Muchinga and Northern i.e. Bembaland and Northwestern. What is the Siankope clinic photo doing in the story where God himself has decided to punish the evil-minded individuals who builds only where they come from? Even this action was prompted by Edith Nawakwi who promised some community in Luapula to build them a clinic last week!. This a reactive measure.

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    • If the main contractor is selected by India Development Bank… who chooses the Zambian sub-contractors? Now since this is prefab building and all materials are coming from India only the sub foundation and slab is done by the subcontractor and assembly…how can the project delay and what good is it in terminating the contract as you still have to pay the main contractor and his sub contractors probably chosen by GRZ corruptly who’s going to pay the new contractor….people in Zambia need to critically analyse issues and wake the “£$% up. We are too too docile there is more to this story than meets the eye…someone is feeding you porky pies and you are shouting Lungu Lungu…wake up!!

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  6. ..I hope Chilufya has read and comprehended the termination clause in the conntract, otherwise it may prove to costly on govt . These guys are too quick to pronounce something they perceive to show that they are working…it may be the govt at faulty for failure to pay the contractor

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    • Its mind-boggling …We have a shortage of doctors imagine a mere 1000 Zambian doctors and we give them all these jobs in management and appoint them to ministerial and civil service jobs…this is an utter waste and misappropriation of resources given that GRZ invests a lot in training them.

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    • ..you are absolutely spot on…infact some are appointed at a very tender age…when their service is most needed in wards and theatres…

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  7. For those carping on about planning ahead, NOTE that when works are at hand and not going according to plan one MUST terminate and proceed with another who can deliver.

    This is positive, and is a show that Contractor projects are being monitored and being whipped along where they are slow. It’s all good. We’ll keep an eye on the next one until all projects are completed to a good standard in reasonable time as according to the conditions upon us. Be of positive mind and picture those completed Health Posts!

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    • How can you terminate when this is a loan and is paid to the Indian contractor by their Development Bank? Someone needs to do more explaining here

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  8. Someone is not being generous with the truth here; these projects are funded by India Exim Bank hence this is a bilateral credit from India Government to Zambian Government….the Zambian govt didn’t select the main contractor; New Delhi based Angelique International ltd… how does it terminate the contract and who pays for all this including the Zambian Subcontractors on the ground? This is the end result for this Lazy Lungu’s govt appetite for loans…these things turn to cost more than originally budgeted and its the taxpayer paying for these selfsame overpriced prefabricated cheap health posts…did we not WARN you about this? DID WE NOT?
    Zambian journalists email or contact the contractor and get their side of the story; they have details on their website.

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  9. jay jay for a payment to be made a completion certificate and invoice must be submitted. in this case the indian company wont have a completion certificate so no payments will be made. however sub contractors who will have completed their contracts and have completion certificates will be paid

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    • …@munjali…
      …in contracts it is not always the case that you need a completion certificate for payments…there are what we call partial or interim payments according to the contractual agreement…at times just mobilisation at site would warrant some payment to be effected…or construction up to window level or any stage for that matter payments can be done according to the BOQ just to ensure the contractor has enough liquidity as he progresses to the next stage….now if that money is not made available in time hence the delay…

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  10. I remember when this selfsame development loan was eagerly signed by the old Reckless Fossil Chikwanda and posted here on LT…I warned you on this; the point of obtaining debt for mere prefabricated overpriced Indian rubbish that was benefiting Indian Manufacturing sector as this is a fully prefab. unit and was also going to be equipped with Indian equipment as shown in the photo and we were merely paying for this loan with interest.
    Why is Lazy Lungu so concerned with finishing them as if he has the manpower to even work in them….I warned you about this recklessness BUT AS USUAL I was called names and pigeon-holed as a member of the UPND and a staunch supporter of Hakainde. Tomorrow it will not matter what party or party you don’t support as we will pay for this recklessness and…

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  11. … and this shambolic leadership by this lazy bum in State House.
    I don’t post to debate but to make you think and critically analyse issues.

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  12. Dear PFools, where did you find this contractor and how much kickbacks did he pay you to select him? Instead of asking for a refund, you are promising to pay him more so that he clears Zambian workers and sub-contractors? Are those your relatives? You should be penalizing him and falling back on his performance bond. Or did you forget to do the right thing and get a bond? You miserable incompetents!

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  13. IS WHAT AM SEEING IN THE PICTURE ABOVE A HEALTH CENTRE OR A HELL CENTRE? LET’S FACE IT- THAT FABRICATED SHELTER CAN TAKE ONLY TWO DAY TO PUT UP. IF LATE MAYBE 4 DAYS AT MOST. I HAVE SEEN GERMANS CONSTRUCT A PROPER AND EXPENSIVE PRE-FAB HOUSE WITHING A WEEK- FOUR DAYS TO BE PRECISE. THIS IS A HOUSE WITH A COST OF ALMOST HALF A MILLION £S. WATCH GRANDY DESIGN VIDEOS. HOW CAN A CONTRACTOR(S) SPEND YEARS ON THAT CHEAP SHELTER?

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  14. @peter you are right such structures need not take a month at the most. However due to use of redundant technology such as laying a concrete slab etc you find that we take even longer than necessary. coupled with laisser faire attitude, failure to supervise it even takes longer. In an ideal situation cotractors should have provided financial capability before getting the contract unlike first waiting for mobilisation money and any other upfront down payment from govt. such payments have also contributed as govt does not readily release funds

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  15. What is SUB FOUNDATION @ JAY JAY? , pLEASE DONT JUST JUMP ON TYPING ON ISSUES U DONT UNDERSTAND, LEAVE THEM TO PROFESSIONALS U TALK SOCCER THAT U CLAIM TO KNOW

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  16. This is a good lesson even to Zambian contractors who bid for projects without capacity. This move should be extended to other contractors in other fields like roads. One Zambian contractor in Lusaka has failed to complete constructing a false roof, a project that was supposed to be done with in two months starting time was January, 2013! What do you expect if you have five such contractors, progress?

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