Msungama Warns Contractors on Projects

Msungama (left) -don't report to government false progress to impress us Msungama (left) -don't report to government false progress to impress us - pic by Steve Kalungwe

Youth and Sports minister, Ulemu Msungama, has today Wednesday took to task Mangalasi construction company which is constructing the Neno Integrated Youth Centre under the Jobs for Youth, saying works on the site are behind schedule and will not meet the June dateline.

The minister who toured the construction site says there is a need for contractors undertaking government projects to furnish government with real information saying tendency of pleasing is compromising government projects.

"Progress is on course but I’m not happy to note that what the contractor told us is not what we have seen. He talks of finishing in two weeks but we can see a work of more than two months," he said.

On this point, the minister has warned all contractors to desist from such tendencies, saying they promote poor workmanship and compromise quality of government projects.

Responding, site engineer, Wellington Madimbo, says Neno road condition and rains posed a challenge in delivering materials to the site hence being behind schedule.

"Indeed, we are behind schedule and this is due to Covid-19 as materials were not readily available, Neno road network and rains hindered timely delivery of materials but we are optimistic we will finish this project in time," says Madimbo.

Madimbo further said change in actual design also contributed to delay in completing the site.

Meanwhile, the ministry of youth has extended the project timeframe with another two months, says the ministries principal secretary, Oliver Kumbambe.

"We have given this opportunity of two months after which we will not listen to any excuse,” said the PS.

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