JIMMY CHIBUYE, Choma
MINISTER of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela says contractors who have been paid to work on government projects but are not doing so will be blacklisted and prosecuted for obtaining money by false pretences.
And construction of the Southern Province administration block has reached about 90 percent towards completion.
Mr Chitotela said in an interview after touring township roads in Choma at the weekend that paid-up contractors were expected to resume work immediately or face harsh and undesirable consequences.
Recently, Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo called for the arrest of two contractors engaged to rehabilitate St Mawaggali College in Choma and Kasiya College in Pemba for allegedly abandoning the works despite getting Government money.
â€œI totally agree with Honourable Nkandu Luo. We need to start prosecuting some of these erring contractors. Government would not just blacklist the company but also bar the company owners from bidding for any Government project in Zambia,â€ he said.
Mr Chitotela said Government would make the erring contractors account for the money and that if they failed, they would be taken to court.
He said he would not waste time to accommodate explanations from erring contractors because Government was determined to develop the country.
Mr Chitotela said Government had demonstrated that it would not tolerate contractors slowing development by cancelling all contracts given to Nzovu Transport Limited.
Nzovu Transport Limited was engaged to construct Manyumbi toll plaza on Great North Road between Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi and another one between Choma and Pemba in Southern Province.
â€œI have no time for problems and unnecessary delays because I want results. Zambians also want to see infrastructure development that we promised them during campaigns,â€ he said.
Mr Chitotela said Government would take stock of all contracts after the rainy season and any company that would not have mobilised by then would be dealt with.
He said construction of the toll plaza between Choma and Pemba was expected to start by the end of May after all issues surrounding the project were resolved.
And Southern Province buildings engineer Muyambango Mungole said the construction of the provincial administration was almost complete.
Mr Mungole said the contractor had done about 90 percent works.
JIMMY CHIBUYE, Choma