SPECIAL assistant to the President Project Implementation and Monitoring Lucky Mulusa has demanded the termination of the contract of African Contractors building the government medium cost houses in Choma due to poor works and use of substandard materials.
Mr Mulusa who was in Choma to check on government projects at the weekend was disappointed to discover that ceiling board from one of the newly built houses was falling apart.
Mr Mulusa who could not hide his disappointment wondered what the building engineer was doing to have allowed such works and also questioned why the chief planner and the building engineer allowed the contractor to use substandard materials.
He also expressed disappointed at the quality of window frames, door frames used in the housing units and wondered why the water pipes were left protruding from outside.
The contractor was not even on site to answer to some of the concerns raise as even the plastering of the walls was amateurish.
“This is not right it’s shocking where is the building inspector because there’s no excuse to allow this kind of work, there should be a good motivation why this contract can’t be terminated because the contractor has no value for money, the celling board is falling apart,” a visibility disappointed Mulusa said.
The construction of the medium cost housing started at the same time with the high cost which were being built by another foreign contractor had been completed and was only awaiting electrification and water installation.
He called on the local contractors to do the level best when they are given such projects unlike the current works being exhibited in Choma.
“ This kind of workmanship defeats the whole purpose of empowering Zambians, the low cost housing being done by a foreigner are far much better than the medium houses,”he said.
Provincial Planner Linda Siwale said government was update with the payment and wondered why the contractor was not completing.
“There is no pending payment for all the houses being constructed here all the payments and certificates were to update, “he said.
Mr Mulusa also toured the high and low cost housing units and also checked the works on the government offices and the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation offices.
Earlier before the tour Southern Province Permanent Secretary Sibanze Simuchoba said the delay to complete the government offices and the housing units was a huge cost because the officers were always travelling to Livingstone.