Construction Workers digging a drainage for one of the Serenje district township roads being upgraded to bituminous standards.
Construction Workers digging a drainage for one of the Serenje district township roads being upgraded to bituminous standards.

Chongwe Member of Parliament Japhen Mwakalombe says the 20% sub-contracting policy is non-negotiable and should be respected.

Speaking in Chongwe when he checked on the construction of 55 kilometres road network in the district, Mr. Mwakalombe said government wants to empower locals.

Mr. Mwakalombe said there is a growing tendency by contractors not to honour the 20% sub-contracting policy.

He said his office will closely monitor the operations of contractors to make sure that people of Chongwe participate in Projects.

Mr. Mwakalombe also called on the contractor, AVIC International, to engage local people.

Meanwhile, consultant Evaristo Mweemba said the key sections of the road leading to hospitals and schools will be prioritized so that they can be completed before the onsets of the rain.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. This is weird.

    From inception, foreigners were told about this 20% rule.

    And yet, from inception, foreigners have ignored it.

    And government has not done anything about it execpt reminding them about the rule.

    When it comes to talking, this government does it better than any other.

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    • Why 20%???????????? Just promote Zambian companies by giving them full contract stop this foreign dependence!!!!!!!

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  2. 20% is too little for skills development….and you find that 20 % is for manual labour while skilled qualified Zambians have to seek employment out side Zambia with foringners taking their place in Zambia…..

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  3. You see why I have succeeded in this country called Zambia? The leadership & those being lead like carrots being dangled. Why are foreigners being prioritised over local indigenous people? How can you build a country’s skills capacity with such policies? We Asians will continue to thrive while you wait for someone to come and teach you to prioritise Zambianation. When that will be is everyone’s guess in the mean time am going to a meeting with KCM owner to plot the way forward on more plunder of Zambia’s resources

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  4. That’s why we Asians have succeeded in Zambia due to policies like these. You have to love this kind of mentality

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  5. Zambian leaders are like that husband while pinned down by the wife in a brawl is shouting from under her for someone to come to their aid before he kills the wife!!!! These tu ma leaders always making pronouncements on things over which they have no control or power to resist bribes. Ifyabupuba fye lyonse. Time is ticking… wina azalila.

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  6. Lets describe the works that will constitute the 20% otherwise this close in the contracts is very vague. Is it 20% of the contract total value or is 20% of the main contracted works? If its the former, then i see the local companies getting the crumbs of the cake and no meaningful capacity will be derived out of it. If its the later, then well and good but which institution will monitor and ensure the local contractors deliver to world class standards? Its common knowledge that once the local contractors are awarded this portion and paid, they disappear and abandon the works. Yes, this is true and the truth hates. Until local contractors started being serious and committed to their profession, civil, electrical, mechanical, ICT, highway road construction, advanced water systems…

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  7. contd
    Until local contractors started being serious and committed to their profession, civil, electrical, mechanical, ICT, highway road construction, advanced water systems engineering, Zambian local contractors will forever be overlooked and shunned. Anyway, it takes only one to show the way and multitudes will wake up as usual.

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  8. Local Contractors are retirees who misused the money and now mascqaallede as Contractors. If we want to develop in this Country lets not involve them. They should go farming instead. Look in the Compounds around Lusaka at how they were paid and never completed, abandoned or did shoddy work and roads are washing away on the edges.

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  9. Local Contractors are retirees who misused the money and now mascqaallede as Contractors. If we want to develop in this Country lets not involve them. They should go farming instead. Look in the Compounds around Lusaka at how they were paid and never completed, abandoned or did shoddy work and roads are washing away on the edges.

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  10. May the government ensure that this 20% or more is applied to all projects with government and parastatal institutions. Companies like Zesco have EPC projects all the time in millions of dollars and in most cases contractors especially Chinese execute these projects without subcontracting any work to Zambians hence all the money made is externalised. We need serous political will not just talk.

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  11. it’s corruption and bribes that makes it tricky enforcing any of these contractual agreements.
    one of the guys already pointed out something important. why is it that you only see Zambians doing menial and manual jobs. none in management so this 20% is a slap in the face. there are qualified Zambians who should be middle or upper management
    can we as Zambians do some projects that are Zambian from inception to implementation to management, all Zambian…are we incapable of such?
    where do you think the money that corporations like avic make go and improve the economies? Zambia gets nothing.. we need to rethink our engagement with so called investors

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