Chinese contractor in Kaputa irks govt

Government has expressed concern at the slow pace at which a Chinese firm Hua Jiang Investment contracted to  build Kaputa Boarding School is working.

Kaputa district administrative officer Alick Kampamba said the contractor was moving at a snail’s  pace and local authorities were now concerned that the school might again fail to open by January next year.

Mr. Kampamba who inspected the construction works at the school on Tuesday has since directed the contractor to speed up the works and ensure that they were completed by the end of this year.

He said government wanted the school  to quickly open to the public.

Mr Kampamba said it would be unacceptable for the school not to open when about 95 percent of the works had been done and  that only minor works like sewer lines were remaining.

The  contractor complained about too many rocks in the areas and had to use explosives to break them to continue with the works.

During the tour, Hua Jiang Investment representative, Shang Long said the construction of the school might not be completed this year due to the challenges of rocks when digging drainage for sewer lines.

Mr. Long said the drilling machine from its head office in Lusaka has failed to work due to excessive rocks in the area.

He also attributed the delays to lack of materials,adding that arrangements had however been made with the company head office in to send what was required.

Mr. Long said the remaining works could r be done within four months provided all the necessary materials including the drilling machines were sent on time.

Kaputa secondary which is being upgraded to a boarding  facility is the only secondary school covering both Kaputa and Nsama districts and lack of places for grade 10 has forced government to open some classes for learning in the incomplete structure.