MELODY MUPETA, Kitwe
COPPERBELT permanent secretary Elias Kamanga has given a seven-day ultimatum to contractors working on the Ndeke mini- hospital and a library at
the Zambia Forestry College (ZFC) in Kitwe to get back on site and finish the works or risk having their contracts terminated.
Government has engaged Raymond Construction Company to upgrade Ndeke into a mini-hospital and Orizone Properties to work on the library at the ZFC in Kitwe.
Mr Kamanga said in Kitwe when he toured the ZFC to check on the works on the library that Government was not impressed the slow pace at which the hospital and the library are being built.
He said the contractor working on the library at ZFC was scheduled to finish the works in 2015 but has always been asking for a grace period.
“The contractor has been asking us to extend the grace period in which to finish the works on the library but the structure has remained the same,” he said.
Mr Kamanga said Government is in a hurry to build the infrastructure at the ZCC to improve the standards of learning at the institution.
He said Government is trying to promote the forestry sector, hence its interest in ensuring that the college has all the facilities.
But Orizone Properties administrative assistant Joseph Munkanta said the contractor left the site because of the delay by the government to pay them the K340,000.
He appealed to Mr Kamanga to give the company at least two months in which to finish the works provided that Government settles the K340,000 it owes the company.
But Mr Kamanga insisted that Government did not owe the contractor and warned that local contractors risk being blacklisted if they fail to finish works on projects.