Isoka, March 11, 2015, ZANIS —- Special Assistant to the President for Project Monitoring and Implementation Lucky Mulusa says he is shocked that a contractor engaged to rehabilitate the administrative offices in Isoka District of Muchinga Province at a cost of over K600, 000 has abandoned the works.
Mr. Mulusa says he is disappointed on the works done so far by the Lusaka based contractor.
He said he is disappointed that the named contractor despite taking long to finish the project has also done shoddy works which cannot be tolerated by the Government.
He said that Government is disappointed with some local contractors who have been given to work on capital projects but have abandoned project sites despite having been paid.
Mr. Mulusa said that it is disappointing that most of the projects in the province which are being carried out by Zambian contractors were doing badly while some contracts managed by foreign firms were progressing well.
He has directed all District Commissioners (DC’S) in the province to carry out weekly inspections on all government and donor funded projects and report progress to his office every week, saying many Zambian contractors have overstretched their capacities to execute projects by handling more than one contract.
He said President Edgar Lungu is very passionate with all projects left running by late president Michael Sata which he said needs to be completed as they are targeted at uplifting the welfare of poor people in rural areas.
Works on the rehabilitation of the Isoka District administrative offices started on January 27 last year at a total cost of K655,898 and were scheduled to be completed within 5 weeks but it has now taken over one year.
Mr.Mulusa is in Muchinga province inspecting various construction projects.