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Mean­while, Phiri de­nied al­le­ga­tions that he could not pay Khato Civils’ sub­con­trac­tors work­ing on a R2.2 bil­lion wa­ter project in Lim­popo’s Mopani dis­trict be­cause he was im­port­ing money to Botswana.

His sub­con­trac­tors claimed last week that Phiri owed them about R25 mil­lion. Phiri blamed the Le­pelle Wa­ter Board for not pay­ing his com­pany about R250 mil­lion.

He said that Le­pelle’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Phineas Le­godi, ex­ac­er­bated the prob­lem when he paid R44 mil­lion from the depart­ment of wa­ter af­fairs to LTE Con­sult­ing, which is a lead con­sul­tant in the Giyani project. That money was not paid to Khato Civils.

“For the first time”, said Phiri, “Le­pelle paid the whole amount to LTE.

“Peo­ple are begin­ning to link the Botswana story with this one. In Botswana, the is­sue is R10 mil­lion and if I had to bring that money back here, it would not be enough to pay the con­trac­tors.

“That money has been in Botswana for over a year and can’t be linked to the Giyan i project,” Phiri ar­gued.

Le­godi con­ceded that in­voices were paid “as per avail­abil­ity of funds” in­stead of through agreed time frames for work de­liv­ered.

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