Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni people in Eastern Province has castigated contractors engaged to construct roads in some parts of the Province for doing shoddy works.
The traditional leader says the poor workmanship by certain contractors has continued to tarnish the image of government in the province.
He said contractors putting up shoddy works are stealing from Government and should be punished for their actions.
Paramount Chief Mpezeni also urged President Edgar Lungu not to be distracted by people who are on a mission to criticise his developmental projects in the country.
The Traditional Leader was speaking when Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo and Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary Charles Mushota called on him at his Pendukeni palace today.
And Mr. Mushota has assured the Traditional leader that his Ministry will follow up all contractors who have left their sites after being paid.
He said the Government is in a hurry to develop the country and will not allow any contractors derailing projects.
Meanwhile Mr. Kasolo has charged that government will follow up any contractor who has abandoned their projects.