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Contractor abandons mortuary

WORKS on the rehabilitation of a mortuary at Mpongwe Mission Hospital on the Copperbelt Province have stalled because the contractor has abandoned the project.

Mpongwe member of Parliament (MP) Rasford Bulaya said in an interview recently that the district administration is disappointed that the contractor has abandoned the project despite being paid in full.
“The contractor was paid in full but we do not know why he has abandoned the project,” he said.
He also said most of the projects that are supposed to be undertaken under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) have not yet started because the district has not yet received the funds.
“We had a Constituency Development Fund meeting where we also ushered in a new committee and we discussed a lot of issues regarding developmental projects in Mpongwe district,” Mr Bulaya said.
He is optimistic that the district will soon receive its CDF allocation so that works on unfinished projects could resume.
Mr Bulaya said the meeting resolved that the constituency will not embark on new projects but will concentrate on the unfinished projects so that they could start serving their purpose of improving the welfare of people in the area.
“We first want to finish all the projects that were started by former member of Parliament Gabriel Namulambe before we can embark on new projects,” he said
Meanwhile, some residents said they want to see the Mpongwe Mission Hospital mortuary completed to lessen the problems they are currently facing whenever they have bereavements in their families.
“We first want to see the mortuary worked on, then feeder roads so as to ease the transportation of farming inputs by the small-scale farmers within the district,” Mrs Alice Banda, a resident, said.