STATE HOUSE FUMES OVER ABANDONED PROJECTS
…Orders all contractors back to site immediately or face prosecution
STATE House has ordered all contractors who have abandoned government projects for unexplained reasons to return to site immediately failure to which they risk being prosecuted.
And Special Assistant to the President for Projects Implementation and Monitoring, Andrew Chellah has summoned a local contractor, Chilimata Company to State House to explain why it abandoned the construction of a Post office in Shibuyunji after being paid all the contract money totaling K 3,607,352.
Mr Chellah who took an impromptu visit to Shibuyunji on Wednesday to inspect the infrastructure projects in the newly created district was accompanied by State House Chief Analyst for Project Implementation, Joseph Mukupa.
Speaking after touring various construction sites, Mr Chellah said government was disturbed by contractors who abandoned or took too long to complete projects due to poor work ethics or incompetence after they were paid the money.
Mr Chellah who expressed concern over the delays in some government projects in Shibuyunji was incensed after he found there were no contractors at about 15 sites toured for unexplained reasons.
Reasons for abandonment of some projects were not yet clear as Mr Chellah could not get in touch with all the contractors. However, one of the local contractors (Chilimata) was phoned and the firm confirmed that it had been fully paid and this infuriated Mr Chellah who immediately summoned the contractor to State House.
“Then why are you not on site and why have you failed to complete the construction works in the stipulated timeframe when you were paid all the money?” Mr Chellah was overheard asking the contractor.
He added, “You must come to State House to tell us why you have abandoned the construction site and failed to complete the construction of a Post office after being paid all the money!”
Mr Chellah subsequently ordered all contractors who have abandoned government projects to immediately return on site or risk being prosecuted.
The visibly annoyed Mr Chellah said all those contractors who collected money and diverted them to personal use would be thoroughly investigated and probably prosecuted because they are costing the country billions of Kwacha.
Mr Chellah was, however, elated with progress made on some infrastructure among them the modern district police station which is 98 percent complete.
Immediately after touring the almost finished police station with 8 low cost houses.
Meanwhile, Mr Mukupa expressed concern at how the shoddy works by Chilimata Construction Company were approved by the supervising department.