State to pay Mkushi contractors

DEPUTY Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Mutaba Mwali has assured the Mkushi district administration that the debt owed to local contractors engaged to construct township roads and the hospital will be settled.
Dr Mwali said all local contractors will be paid within the next two weeks.
“The K445,000 owed to the contractor working on the district hospital is already in Kabwe and payments for those working on township roads will be made next week,” he said.
Dr Mwali said Government is committed to funding and completing development projects.
He said this on Thursday when he paid a courtesy call on Mkushi district commissioner Luka Mwamba at his office.
Dr Mwali, who is on a tour of Northern and Luapula provinces to check on capital projects, said Government is committed to completing the projects.
He is also concerned about the high number of fatal road traffic accidents on Mkushi-Serenje road.
“We are committed to ensuring that we widen the road network in the country and find a lasting solution to accidents that are still claiming many lives,” he said.
Mr Mwamba said there are concerns about the slow pace at which roadworks are being done in the district, especially that the rain season is around the corner.

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