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Slow Nzovu get ultimatum

CHITOTELA

CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela has given a 10-day ultimatum to Nzovu Transport Limited, the company engaged to construct the Manyumbi toll plaza in Kapiri Mposhi, in which to complete the works or risk having the contract terminated.
Nzovu Transport Limited is building a toll plaza situated between Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi at a cost of about K47 million.
Mr Chitotela said in a statement on Thursday that Government is disappointed that Nzovu Transport Limited has failed to complete the works three months after the scheduled completion date.
“Yesterday [Wednesday], we gave a stern warning to the contractor working on the Manyumbi toll gate plaza. we have told him to finish the works in 10 days or leave Government with no option but to terminate the contract.
“The contractor was supposed to finish the work by October 2016 but he had asked for an extension of up to late November 2016, which was given. The contractor has, however, not finished the works even after being given the said extension and as Government, we can no longer tolerate this,” Mr Chitotela said.
He said construction of the Manyumbi toll plaza has taken more than the necessary time to complete and has inconvenienced motorists and road users and delayed Government’s quest to conveniently collect revenue from the toll.
“This [delayed completion] is unacceptable and we shall not take it lightly at all and if the contractor does not finish the work by next week Thursday, we shall remain with no other option but to terminate his contract.
Mr Chitotela also warned other contractors working on different projects under infrastructure and housing that unnecessary delays in completing projects will not be entertained.
He said Government is in a hurry to change the face of the country in line with President Lungu’s desire to have infrastructure development in all parts of the nation in record time.
“And we will not be frustrated by any contractor [in our quest to improve infrastructure],” Mr Chitotela said.

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