A contractor engaged to supply a drilling rig for Chipangali Constituency has failed to meet the 14 days ultimatum given by government to either supply the machine or return back the money.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo confirmed to Breeze News that the supplier was given the 14 days ultimatum last month.
Mr. Kasolo says government will engage the Attorney General to recover the money from the supplier before the end of this month.
He however, could not say how much will be recovered from the supplier but said the price of acquiring the borehole drilling truck exceeded the amount which the Chipata Municipal Council Procurement Committee is allowed to handle by PPC, the Public Procurement Committee.
He added that the contractor will be taken to court and be blacklisted from getting any government contracts in Zambia.
Mr. Kasolo explained that the contractor’s initial due date in which he was supposed to deliver the machine was December 1st 2015 as the contract was awarded to him in 2014.
Mr. Kasolo wondered why the supplier failed to deliver the drilling rig because he has worked well with government in the past when he was contracted on similar projects.
The Permanent Secretary says government will now hire a drilling company to drill boreholes in Chipangali Constituency where people are in serious need of safe drinking water.