—- Government has expressed disappointment with a Zambian road contractor over poor workmanship on the Chisembe-Chibote Road in Pambashe Constituency of Kawambwa district.
District Commissioner, Ivo Mpasa, who toured the works being done on the 40 Km stretch by Mwalini Investment based on the Copperbelt Province, has described the works as “worse than shoddy”.
ZANIS reports that Mr Mpasa has since strongly advised the Chinese Firm, Unik Contractors, which subcontracted Mwalini Investment, to immediately take back the contract.
The Kawambwa DC explained that works done so far on the road has made it worse than it was before the contractor moved on site.
He said the Chisembe-Chibote Road is a very strategic road leading to farming areas with high agricultural output such as Chama and Mawaya.
Mr Mpasa expressed worry that if like Unik Contractor does not take up the works government will this year find it difficult to distribute farming inputs to farmers in the surrounding area.
He said the companies contracted by the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) have also complained to his office that they are finding it difficult to ferry maize across the stretch of the road because of its bad state.
And Unik Contractor Site Manager, Jack Young, admitted that the Zambian firm had failed to do the works.
Mr Young promised the Kawambwa District Commissioner that his firm would ensure that works are completed before the onset of rains.
Meanwhile, chief Chama of the Chishinga people in Kawambwa district has also called for the repossession of the contract by Unik Contractors from Mwalini Investment.
The traditional leader made the call when Kawambwa District Commissioner, Ivo Mpasa and Heads of Government Departments paid a courtesy call on him at his Mulunda palace, yesterday.
Chief Chama said it was practically impossible for Mwalini Investment to carry out quality works because it lacks equipment, adding that the company has only one grader and a bull dozer.
Mwalini Investment was subcontracted to carry out gravel works on the 40 Km stretch of the road at a cost of K20 millio by a Chinese firm, Unik Contractors.
Unik Contractor has been engaged by Government to tar the Mushota- Luwingu Road.