Trade and Business Consultant Trevor Simumba has advised Finance Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe to suspend the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriage project.
Mr Simumba said the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriage project was corruptly inflated in terms of costs.
He said Mrs. Mwanakatwe must suspend the project, conduct detailed review of costs and find a new Public Private Project contractor
Mr Simumba said the Minister of Finance through the PPP unit must renegotiate the whole contract and conduct a full review of costs.
“If contractor does not cooperate cancel the contract and report them to ACC for investigation. This is pure theft. Someone in Government is involved because to justify $1.2 billion for a 321 km road is purely criminal,’ Mr Simumba said.
He added, “As I said consistently the costs of this road were way above normal. Madam Minister suspend this project, conduct detailed review of costs and get a new PPP contractor. It’s clear these guys are thieves and colluded with some officials to steal from Zambians. Enough is enough.”
Mrs. Mwanakatwe this week charged that the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway, widely-reported to cost US $1.2 billion, is not a true figure.
She disputed the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway as costing US $1.2 billion, after indicating that government intended to revise the Public and Private Partnership Act in Parliament to make it more response to the country’s developmental needs.
Mrs. Mwanakatwe said this during the Zambia-South Africa Business Council Meeting on Wednesday.