—–The District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC) in Kaputa has demanded punitive action on Kawanzane Contractors who has allegedly abandoned work to construct a maternity annex at Kaputa District Hospital.
The DDCC leant during a meeting last week that the contractor has ‘abandoned’ the works and has not been seen on site since February, this year.
The stakeholders complained that this was despite government paying over 50 per cent of the contract sum for the project.
The DDCC members expressed concern that if no action was taken against the contractor, the project was likely to stall for years.
The project to construct the maternity annex was awarded to Kawanzane, a Zambian contractor in 2005, but the works are still uncompleted.
The DDCC members appealed to government to find a serious contractor to complete the remaining works in time.
District Administrative Officer, Alick Kampamba, said his office was also seriously concerned on the quality of works done on the structure so far.
“Before the building is even handed over, the roofs are already leaking. This just goes to tell the calibre of this contractor,’’ he said.
Government has so far paid K298, 493 out of the K432, 623 for the whole project to Kawanzane Contractors for the maternity annex at the hospital.