STATE HOUSE FUMES OVER ABAN­DONED PROJECTS

…Orders all con­trac­tors back to site im­me­di­ately or face pros­e­cu­tion

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION REPORTER

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.

Mr Chel­lah

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