Nsanje’s K19 Million Drainage Clearing Questioned
A Governance Sub Committee in Nsanje under Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has taken the district council to task over what it calls mediocre quality of clearing works on drainage systems around the boma.
The Sub Committee’s Chairperson, Kondwani Malunga claims the work being done is of poor quality compared to the 19 million kwacha which the contractor will get.
Malunga noted with concern that the contractor is using hoes and shovels to remove sand from the drainage systems which is being put on the edge of the drainages, fearing it would go back into the drainage systems as the district is receiving heavy rains.
“We have to register our concern looking at the way the work is being done compared to the K19 million which we are told is the amount that is going to the contractor.
“The sand is being taken out of the waterways unfortunately It is being put on the edge of the drainage systems.
“We are in the rainy season and with the rains most of the sand will go back into the drainage systems. The question is, will the contractor remove the sand should it go back into the drain?
“The contractor should be engaged, we do not want mediocrity kind of workmanship, we want real value for money,” lamented Malunga.
District Council Spokesperson, Robert Nayeja has assured the concerned people that the council is on top of things to ensure the work is done as expected.
“The works have commenced and will be completed in time. As per our agreement the contractor is expected to remove the sand and dispose of it away from the drains.
“On materials being used, we will go back to our contract agreement just to check if the contractor indicated that he would use caterpillars or hoes.
“If things are being done to the contrary then we will take another step by engaging the contractor to address the same,” explained Nayeja.
The business community plying its trade at the boma market has been boycotting payment of market fees due to alleged delay by the council to clear the drainage systems, claiming their shops are literally flooded as a result.
The council has since lost about K600, 000 in revenue as a result of the boycott.