MONICA KAYOMBO, Ndola
REHABILITATION of the Presidential Lodge in Kitwe at a cost of K6 million has been completed and Hua Chang Infrastructure, the contractor working on the facility will hand over the building to Government on Monday.
Hua Chang Infrastructure assistant project manager Luke He Qiunan said on Thursday that all major works have been completed according to specifications in the contract.
Mr Luke said this when permanent secretary for special duties at Cabinet office Bert Mushala visited the lodge for an on-the-spot-check of the works.
â€œWe have done the fence, security lights and improved on the security system. This is in accordance with specifications in our contract,â€™â€™ Mr Luke said.
And Mr Mushala said he was impressed with the works done at the lodge.
Government engaged the Chinese contractor to renovate the lodge following former President Michael Sataâ€™s directive revoke the contract of the earlier contractorâ€™s delay in completing the works.
Earlier, Mr Mushala visited the newly constructed 30,000 cubic meter capacity water treatment plant at Nkana Water and Sewerage Company (NWSC) in Kitwe.
NWSC director for infrastructure development Kenneth Chense said $10 million has so far been spent on the construction of the plant.
Mr Chense said the construction of the 30, 000 cubic-meter is in addition to the already existing 62,000 cubic meters capacity water treatment plant.
NWSC managing director Diana Makwana said the utility company requires us$200 million and has only received US$63 million as investment for the plant.
Other projects Mr Mushala visited in Kitwe were the Ndeke Village police post constructed at a cost of K399, 000 under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), a block of four classrooms and an ablution block at Temweni Primary School constructed at a cost of K580, 000.
Mr Mushala also visited a block of three classes at Nsansa Primary School built at a cost of K6, 000.
The projects were funded by the Copperbelt Development Foundation.
Mr Mushala also toured Ndeke Village Hospital whose mortuary and maternity ward are being constructed at a cost of over K7, 000.
And Copperbelt deputy permanent secretary Elias Kamanga said the completion of the construction works at the hospital will lessen congestion at the Kitwe Central Hospital.
MONICA KAYOMBO, Ndola