In­dige­nous con­trac­tors cry foul

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Pa­trick Chi­tumba

THE Zim­babwe Build­ing Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (ZBCA) has re-launched its Mid­lands Chap­ter with a call on the Gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor to se­ri­ously con­sider award­ing con­struc­tion ten­ders to lo­cal play­ers.

ZBCA pres­i­dent Mr Obert Sibanda of­fi­cially launched the Mid­lands Chap­ter in Gweru on Fri­day.

He said it was high time that lo­cal con­struc­tion com­pa­nies are con­sid­ered ahead of play­ers from out­side.

He said it was wor­ry­ing to see the Gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor shun­ning lo­cally reg­is­tered con­trac­tors whom he said were ca­pa­ble of han­dling any chal­lenge adding that lo­cal con­trac­tors were un­fairly treated in the ten­der pro­ce­dures.

“We’re here in Gweru to re-launch the ZBCA Mid­lands Chap­ter. As we de­cen­tralise the as­so­ci­a­tion we now have branches in Bu­l­awayo, Harare, Mutare and Masvingo. We hope that even when it comes to big ten­ders, the Gov­ern­ment and pri­vate play­ers should con­sider de­cen­tral­is­ing the ten­der­ing process,” said Mr Sibanda.

“Right now ev­ery­thing is done in Harare. Mem­bers are forced to fly or travel to Harare for ten­ders and you find for ex­am­ple a Harare con­trac­tor re­fur­bish­ing a bank in Bu­l­awayo. That’s also the case where you find an in­ter­na­tional com­pany get­ting a ten­der ahead of lo­cal com­pa­nies.”

He said it was sad­den­ing to note that some for­eign com­pa­nies win­ning mul­ti­mil­lion ten­ders bring their work­ers, ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment be­fore leav­ing a build­ing alone and tak­ing all the money out of the coun­try.

Mr Sibanda said they were in the process of re­cruit­ing more mem­bers.

He said if the con­struc­tion in­dus­try was sup­ported fully, it had the po­ten­tial of play­ing a huge part in economic re­cov­ery.

The Mid­lands Chap­ter will be headed by ZimBuild con­struc­tion com­pany chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Ti­nashe Manzungu who will be deputised by Ford­con Con­struc­tion Com­pany man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mr Ford­son Ndlovu.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers are Mr Golden Mu­posiwa of Tin­shel Prop­er­ties, Mrs More­b­less­ing Kun­yangwe of Lux­ury Liv­ing In­ter­na­tional, Mr Mar­shal Gwandira of Vaka Con­crete, Mr Ad­mire Botso of Chegutu town coun­cil and Mr Jonathan Cham­pion of J M con­struc­tion of Mvuma.

Mr Manzungu said if the Gov­ern­ment or pri­vate play­ers in­sist on of­fer­ing in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies ten­ders, lo­cal con­sor­tiums should be given a per­cent­age in the whole ten­der.

“We’re happy with the re­vival of ZBCA in Mid­lands prov­ince. We hope to start re­ceiv­ing jobs as oth­ers are do­ing in Harare and Bu­l­awayo. It’s time for us to get con­tracts since we’re well reg­is­tered and vis­i­ble through the as­so­ci­a­tion,” he said.

Mr Ndlovu said lo­cal con­trac­tors have over the years showed pro­fes­sion­al­ism in their op­er­a­tions.

“It’s im­por­tant for Zim­bab­weans to pro­mote lo­cal con­trac­tors who pro­duce high qual­ity work in line with the Zim-As­set clus­ter on in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment for economic de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

The ZBCA is a non-profit mem­ber­ship­based na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion reg­is­tered in 1992 in terms of Sec­tion 33 of the Labour Re­la­tions Act to rep­re­sent in­dige­nous build­ing con­trac­tors in the cat­e­gories of build­ing and civil, as well as elec­tri­cal, me­chan­i­cal and struc­tural steel en­gi­neer­ing fields. — @pchi­tumba1

Mr Obert Sibanda

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