Government has expressed its concern at the slow pace at which Flame the contractor working on Nkana Mall located in Kitwe’s Central Business District(CBD) has taken long to complete the project.
Kitwe District Commissioner Binwell Mpundu says it’s regrettable that works of the multi- million kwacha mall have taken long to be completed considering that works commenced in August 2012.
Mr Mpundu says it is worrying that the project might not be completed by December this year.
He however commended the developer for the quality works done so far adding that the slow pace the project is moving is worrying to government.
He has hence directed the contractor to speed up the works and ensure that they are completed on time.
And developer of the mall Akrasi properties Managing Director Steven Voyiatzis says attributed the delay to some financial and human resource challenges faced by his company.
Mr Voyiatzis assured the District Commissioner that construction of the ultra-modern mall will be completed by December 2017.
Meanwhile Project Manager Yasser Elsheshr has revealed that his company has engaged local people to work on the project.
Mr Elsheshr said foreign expertise will needed to work on selected fields like electrification owing to the new technology that has been installed.