Govt terminates Petauke road contract


GOVERNMENT has terminated the K11 million contract awarded to Plinth Technical Works Limited of Lusaka for failure to carry out road works in Petauke District.

Local Government and Housing Permanent Secretary Howard Sikwela terminated the K11 million contract for the construction of a 7.5-kilometre stretch in the district.

Reverend Sikwela said it was sad that the contractor completely failed to execute the job.

One of the residents, Ledger Tembo expressed happiness with the move by Government to terminate the contract.

Last week, Petauke District Commissioner Velenasi Moyo called on the ministry of Local Government and Housing to terminate the contract because of poor performance by the contractor.

In 2011, Government awarded Plinth Technical Works Limited a contract to tar township roads, the works were expected to be completed last year.

Meanwhile, Msanzala Member of Parliament (MP) Joseph Lungu said transportation of the patients from remote areas of his constituency had become difficult becuase of the bad road network.

Colonel Lungu said this when he handed over two ambulances bought using the Constituency Development Funds (CDF) in Petauke.

He said the ambulances would service the two chiefdoms of Nyamphande and Sandwe where transportation of patients to referral hospitals was a challenge.

Receiving the ambulances, Petauke District medical officer Bernard Chimungu thanked the Member of Parliament for spearheading the procurement of the ambulances which he described as milestone towards improving health services in rural areas.

Both Chief Nyamphande and Sandwe of the Nsenga speaking people said the ambulances should be put to good use and urged other MPs to emulate Col Lungu’s gesture.