Government challenged to work on a major road in Mambwe

The United Party for National Development UPND has expressed concern at the poor state of Mphomwa-Kapilinkonde-Msoro road in Mambwe district.

UPND Provincial Spokesperson Victor Mbuzi told Breeze News that the road has become impassable.

Mr. Mbuzi says that the road, which passes through an area where a lot of people have settled in farms, needs to be rehabilitated as soon as possible.

He says that this is to facilitate the transportation of farm produce to markets and easy distribution of farming inputs for the next farming season.

Mr. Mbuzi stated that he had confidence that Malambo Member of Parliament, Makebi Zulu is in the position to attend to the problem.

And Mr. Mbuzi further pointed out the need for the Ministry of Education to send teachers to Lutembwe Primary School, which is situated in the same area.

He claimed that the school only has one trained teacher, a situation which is not conducive for pupils, who need enough trained teachers to learn.

Vubwi district hospital works advance

Works on the construction of Vubwi District Hospital have reached seventy per cent.

Ministry of Works and Supply, Senior Works Supervisor, Marko Mtonga says the Chinese contractor, Zamchin Construction Company, has already done the roofing and plastering.

Mr. Mtonga told Breeze News that the District Hospital, which is being constructed at a total cost of 13 million Kwacha, is expected to be completed in November this year.

He says the construction works, which started in 2015 were supposed to be completed last year, but that the contractor delayed to move on the site.

He says once completed, the hospital will help people in the district, who are forced to walk long distances, seeking medical services.

Government terminates contract in Vubwi district

Government has terminated the contract for the contractor working on Vubwi Civic Centre, in Vubwi District.

Vubwi District Commissioner Enelesi Banda, says the Zambian Contractor, Brut Construction Company, has delayed in completing the works.

Mrs. Banda says the construction of the Civic Centre, which started in 2015 at a total cost of 6 million Kwacha ,was supposed to be completed in 2016.

She says government has decided to terminate the contract because there was no progress despite the contractor being paid 20 per cent of the total cost of the project.

And Mrs. Banda says the construction of administration offices in the district has been completed.

She says the Chinese Contractor Potec, completed works last week, built at a cost of over 7 million Kwacha.

She says the offices will be ready for occupation once ZESCO connects electricity.

The District Commissioner says government has lost a huge sum of money in rentals at its current offices, because the rentals were being hiked almost every month.

Senior Chief Nzamane questions delayed works

A traditional leader in Chipata District has expressed concern over the construction of Chikando Secondary School, whose works have stalled for over 10 years.

Senior Chief Nzamane of the Ngoni people says the delay in the construction of the school is worrying.

He says it is surprising to note that works have delayed to be completed when some schools, which were initiated recently, have been completed.

And the traditional leader says he has faith in foreign contractors, because local contractors are not sincere in their execution of duties.

He says local contractors should not be embraced and given contracts because they have previously done a lot of shoddy works.

Senior Chief Nzamane says the challenge with local contractors is that they divert materials meant for the construction of a particular project for their own personal gains.

He said this when Chipata Mayor Sinoya Mwale called on him at his palace.

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And Chipata District Senior Education Standard Officer, Binwell Dokowe, says the Ministry of Education had discussed the matter and that an action will be taken before the end of this year.