State to prosecute contractors who abandon works after payment

GOVERNMENT has warned that it will prosecute contractors who abandon works after being paid their dues.
Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga said Government will pursue contractors who have abandoned works despite being paid.
“We are not going to allow contractors to abandon works, we expect them to do quality works.
“We do not expect a situation where a contractor is paid and they do shoddy works,” Mr Mukanga said.
He said Government will ensure that contractors it engages to undertake projects do good quality works.
The minister warned that contractors who fail to do quality works will be compelled to repeat the job at their own cost.
Speaking when he featured on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) Sunday Interview, Mr Mukanga said Government is concerned about poor workmanship on projects.
“It should be noted that despite the challenges we are having in the construction industry, the Engineering Institute of Zambia is doing a good job,” Mr Mukanga said.
Government is looking at ways of building local skills so that local contractors can be awarded contracts in future.
And Mr Mukanga said Government is working towards recapitalisation of TAZARA.
He said Government has already pumped in some funds towards recapitalisation of the railway line.
Meanwhile, Zambia will this year host a conference on least developed landlocked countries  in Livingstone.
Mr Mukanga said that as chair of the conference, Zambia will be able to market its tourism as it hosts the conference.
He said that among the issues to be discussed during the conference are challenges being faced by landlocked countries such as infrastructure development.

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