Toll plaza contractor loses contract

GOVERNMENT has terminated its contract with Nzovu Transport Limited for the construction of a toll plaza on the Great North Road at Manyumbi in Kapiri Mposhi.
Nzovu Transport Limited was engaged about two years ago to construct the toll plaza at a cost of about K47 million and was paid over K15 million.
The company was expected to complete the works by October last year but requested for an extension of up to late November.
Central Province permanent secretary Chanda Kabwe confirmed the termination of the contract in an interview yesterday.
“The contract has been cancelled. The Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development is in the process of engaging another contractor to speed up the remaining work,” Mr Kabwe said.
He said Government is not happy that Nzovu Transport Limited has failed to complete the toll plaza even after the company was given more time to finish the work.
Mr Kabwe said there is nothing political over the termination of the contract because there is a provision in the contract for the contract to be terminated.
Mr Kabwe wondered why Nzovu Transport Limited failed to complete the structure in the agreed period when the one that Avic International recently started is at an advanced stage.
He said Government is in a hurry to ensure that toll plazas being constructed across the country are completed as planned because the country is in need of revenue for construction and maintenance of roads.
In December last year, Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela gave Nzovu Transport Limited a 10-day ultimatum in which to complete the works or risk having the contract terminated.
Efforts to get the contractor, Collins Nzovu, by press time failed as he could not be reached on his mobile phone.

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