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K40m paid to contractors

GOVERNMENT has embarked on the expansion of infrastructure at Ndeke mini-hospital in Kitwe at K1.7 million. Above, workers at the construction site in the early stages of the project. PICTURE: NKOMBO KACHEMBA.

BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi
GOVERNMENT has paid over K40 million to contractors that were engaged to rehabilitate the 168 Km stretch on the Chingola-Solwezi road.
The contractors, China Geo Engineering Corporation (CGC) and Buildcon Company were engaged to work on the road in a project that will cost about K1 billion.
North-Western Province minister Dawson Kafwaya who appealed to road users to be patient, said the contractors are currently recruiting workers and construction works will commence soon.
Speaking on North-West Television on Monday evening, Mr Kafwaya said Government is committed to completing all road projects it has embarked on in North-Western Province.
“The Solwezi-Chingola road is a done deal and the contractors are just working on some technicalities. Actual works will start soon because right now, they are still recruiting workers such as operators, spotters and others,” Mr Kafwaya said.
He said the road construction project will create employment for youths.
The minister also called on contractors who are working on township roads in Solwezi, Kasempa, Zambezi and Chavuma to give priority to the locals when recruiting workers.
“We have emphasised to the contractors that the locals must be given priority when employing so that our people can benefit from these projects,” he said.
Mr Kafwaya also said local contractors should provide good workmanship to benefit from infrastructure development projects across the country.
He said Government means well to the people of North-Western, hence embarking on several developmental projects.
The minister the youth to ensure they obtain national registration cards to exercise their right to vote in the 2016 general elections.




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