Contractor gets K1.2 million part payment, disappears

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A CONTRACTOR engaged to construct district administration offices in Siavonga has allegedly “disappeared” after getting K1.2 million part payment, prompting district commissioner Lovemore Kanyama to call for the termination of the contract.
Mr Kanyama said in an interview on Friday that the contractor – Antioch Noble – is nowhere to be found after receiving 20 percent from Government as part payment for building a modern office administration block.

“Antioch Noble who is putting up an office administration is the only contractor among the four we have who is on the run. We do not know where to find them. So my appeal is to the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications is to engage this contractor. I am told he received part payment for the project and the man is nowhere to be seen,” he said.
Efforts to get Antioch Noble failed by press time.
The district commissioner appealed to the central government to terminate contracts of contractors who cannot deliver to save public funds.

Mr Kanyama said three other contractors are doing well and currently on site.
He said Mixjar has been given a contract to build 20 low-cost houses, while Netweb is making 10 medium-cost houses, and Endita is constructing two-high cost units meant for the district commissioner and council secretary.

Mr Kanyama said shortage of accommodation is one of the major challenges for civil servants in Siavonga.
He said the construction of houses will ease accommodation problems for government employees in Siavonga.
“We have serious challenges in terms of accommodation, even police officers are squatting in a compound called Mutual where most of civil servants are accommodated,” Mr Kanyama said.

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