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Government to axe Underperforming local contractors

Rural News Government to axe Underperforming local contractors

WORKS and Supply deputy Minister Mutaba Mwali (in blue shirt) with Anita Construction Limited site foreman Christopher Nkausu (in a helmet) inspecting 20 low-cost housing units for civil servants in Mulobezi district. Picture y CHILA NAMAIKO
WORKS and Supply deputy Minister Mutaba Mwali (in blue shirt) with Anita Construction Limited site foreman Christopher Nkausu (in a helmet) inspecting 20 low-cost housing units for civil servants in Mulobezi district. Picture y CHILA NAMAIKO

GOVERNMENT has threatened to terminate more contracts being undertaken by underperforming contractors on various infrastructural projects in Western Province.

Works and Supply deputy Minister Mutaba Mwali said Government would sternly deal with erring contractors frustrating its efforts of giving the people desirable infrastructural projects.

“We shall not tolerate a situation where some contractors are underperforming, we give them money to carry out a project, but they are not working according to our expectation, “he said.

The minister said this on Tuesday when he inspected various infrastructural projects in the newly created Mulobezi and Mwandi districts of Western Province.

Dr Mwali said Government would not condone poor work culture of contractors who, after receiving advance payments, disappear from the project sites or work at a slow pace thereby delaying completion schedule of the much-needed infrastructure.

The erring contractors would not only have their contracts terminated, but also risky being sued for stealing taxpayers’money as most projects in the province were expected to be completed by early next year.

He said the Patriotic Front (PF) administration would not condone laziness from contractors because Zambians want to benefit from the developmental projects.

The ministry of Works and Supply through its building engineers, was strengthening the monitoring and evaluation of projects to ensure proper workmanship.

In Mulobezi, the Government was constructing a civic centre, post office, a district administration block and housing units.

The 20 low cost housing units were being constructed by Anita Construction Limited and site manager Christopher Nkausu pledged to speed up works.

Dr Mwali also inspected similar projects in Mwandi, a district which has more than 25,000 people.

District Commissioner Precious Muyenga would intensify inspections on projects to ensure that no contractor in Mwandi was frustrating Government’s efforts to implement development.

WORKS and Supply deputy Minister Mutaba Mwali (in blue shirt) with Anita Construction Limited site foreman Christopher Nkausu (in a helmet) inspecting 20 low-cost housing units for civil servants in Mulobezi district. Picture y CHILA NAMAIKO
WORKS and Supply deputy Minister Mutaba Mwali (in blue shirt) with Anita Construction Limited site foreman Christopher Nkausu (in a helmet) inspecting 20 low-cost housing units for civil servants in Mulobezi district. Picture y CHILA NAMAIKO

WORKS and Supply deputy Minister Mutaba Mwali (left) with Chikankanta District Commissioner Kavumbu Hakachima inspect a police station under construction in the district. Picture y CHILA NAMAIKO
WORKS and Supply deputy Minister Mutaba Mwali (left) with Chikankanta District Commissioner Kavumbu Hakachima inspect a police station under construction in the district. Picture y CHILA NAMAIKO

WORKS and Supply deputy Minister Mutaba Mwali (left) talks to Lamsa Enterprise Limited director Alexander Mumbi and Chikankanta District Commissioner Kavumbu Hakachima (far right) at the site for construction of a police station in Chikankanta. Picture y CHILA NAMAIKO
WORKS and Supply deputy Minister Mutaba Mwali (left) talks to Lamsa Enterprise Limited director Alexander Mumbi and Chikankanta District Commissioner Kavumbu Hakachima (far right) at the site for construction of a police station in Chikankanta. Picture y CHILA NAMAIKO

Shumpe Investment director Matilda Kanyanga, the only Zambian woman contractor in Southern Province, stands in front of one of the 10 medium houses her company is constructing for civil servants in Chikankanta District. Picture by CHILA NAMAIKO
Shumpe Investment director Matilda Kanyanga, the only Zambian woman contractor in Southern Province, stands in front of one of the 10 medium houses her company is constructing for civil servants in Chikankanta District. Picture by CHILA NAMAIKO

 ANITA Construction Limited employees moulding blocks for the 20 low-cost housing units under construction for civil servants in Mulobezi District. Picture by CHILA NAMAIKO
ANITA Construction Limited employees moulding blocks for the 20 low-cost housing units under construction for civil servants in Mulobezi District. Picture by CHILA NAMAIKO

 ANITA Construction Limited employees work on foundation among the 20 low-cost housing units under construction for civil servants in Mulobezi District. Picture by CHILA NAMAIKO
ANITA Construction Limited employees work on foundation among the 20 low-cost housing units under construction for civil servants in Mulobezi District. Picture by CHILA NAMAIKO

6 COMMENTS

  1. One wonders when and whether these empty threats will ever be carried out!!Same story of threats but proper and exemplary action!

  2. Perhaps the biggest problem lies in the procurement system and how these contractors are awarded these contracts. We cant such high numbers of local contractors failing to complete their contracts. its time ZPPA re looked at procurement procedures.

  3. There lies the problem who know but you still waste billions on awarding them contracts corruptly or it is it simply ministers proxy companies…instead of reviewing and overhauling the whole procurement and tender system…Lazy Lungu and his team do is issue empty threats.

  4. @jayjay it fulllishness to correct insults with insults. Your earlier insults were enough for all to see through your embecillity

  5. ARE THESE THE STANDARDS AND QUALITY OF HOUSE CONSTRUCTION IN ZAMBIA? CAN’T WE IMPROVE FOR GOD’S SAKE? TO THE ROOF LEVEL NO ONE SAW NOTHING WRONG WITH THESE HOUSES?

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