—-Over KR26 million has been awarded to seven local contractors in Chipata district by the Ministry of Local Government and Housing for spot-improvement and maintenance of roads in the district. A total stretch of 87 km would be worked on to improve and maintain roads in some parts of the district during the works which will commence immediately. And signing the contract, Chipata Town Clerk, Ikan Chingangu, said Miama Construction and General Dealers would work on D128 Lutembwe Dam road at a cost of KR 1,716,000 while Vibrant Construction and General Supplies Ltd and Tholex Enterprise were to work on D104 Luona at KR1,750,000. Mr Chingangu named other roads to be worked on as the Mgubudu/Mkanda/Kanyelele at a cost of KR2,876,000, Tamanda/Mkanda and T4 Magwero roads at KR3,748,000 by Oestermans Agencies, Simsam Enterprise and Build Trust Construction Limited at KR3,012,000-00 respectively. He further stated that Jonda Contracts would work on Mpezeni road which was the longest stretch at a cost of KR 9,993,000 while Omni Contractors was to work on D124 Vimba road at KR 2,970,000. And the Town Clerk called on the contractors to do a good job because the people in the district were anxious to have better roads as they ferry their agricultural produce to crop markets during the crop marketing season which has already opened. Mr Chingangu said the period to work on the roads was from four to twelve months, adding that works were expected to be concluded on time. And speaking on behalf of the contractors, Tobias Sakala of Oastermans Agencies assured government of quality work and completion of the road improvement and maintenance on schedule. He said the contractors would finish the road works within the stipulated time and that the confidence provided by government to award them contracts would not be taken for granted but work to people’s expectations. Meanwhile, Mr Chingangu has confirmed the termination of a contract awarded to Sable Contractor by the Road Development Agency. He said among the reasons for the termination of the contract was failure the company’s failure to complete works on time, adding that RDA would decide who to give the contract to work on roads left by Sable.