Flawed contract costs government at Culture Village

Government has revealed flaws in the contract, which a businessperson signed to rent a Bar and Restaurant at Kapata Cultural Village in Chipata.
Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo says that the contract was not tight enough and that this is what has resulted in Okedi Supplies and General Dealers enjoying free facilities.
Mr. Kasolo indicated that such a contract should have clearly stated the quality of service expected and punitive actions to be taken if the tenant defaulted.
He says that government has so far established that the tenant seems to have challenges in paying rentals and that they have given then time to pay the bills.
Mr. Kasolo however, indicated that government does not want to use force to remove Okedi Supplies and General Dealers from the bar and restaurant although another tenant has been found.
Okedi Supplies and General Dealers is reported not be paying for the Bar and Restaurant to the Department of Arts and Culture Affairs and government is the one paying for electricity and water bills.
Meanwhile when contacted for comment, Okedi Supplies and General Dealers proprietor, Linda Banda declined to state her clear position on the matter.
Ms. Banda who wondered if the Breeze Budget Tracking team was now collecting rentals on behalf of the Department of Arts and Culture, vehemently refused to discuss the matter, stating that she was too busy.
Efforts to make an appointment with her since Friday has failed as Ms. Banda indicated that she had a busy schedule to find time to explain why she is not paying rentals.

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