Lack of funds stalls Lusaka community projects

LUSAKA residents have expressed concern at the slow pace at which some community projects are progressing-apparently due  to lack of funds as admitted by the Lusaka City Council.

The residents said reports that the council was having challenges in funding the projects were unfortunate and would further delay their completion.

Mr Jones Sinyangwe said  apart from that, the cost of building materials will shoot up  during the unofficial extension of the contract period and subsequently affect the quality of works of projects.

“According to some media reports, the council has explained that the inconsistencies in the progress of most projects was due to poor flow of funds from central government, meaning that the projects would delay, or even risk not reaching completion,” Mr Sinyangwe said.

Recently LCC disclosed to the public that the construction works at the two fire stations in Chelstone and Chawama had stopped due to lack of funding.

Mr Sinyangwe explained that there were so many projects which have come to a halt including some roads, markets and other structural rehabilitations which should have been completed before the onset of the rains. And Ms Grace Mwanza of Chilenje charged that in fact, some projects were already being vandalised with roads being the worst affected as unscrupulous people have been removing gravel from the partially done road surfaces.

Ms Mwanza said the situation was similar with some other projects were materials where being ransacked due to stalling of works at the various sites.

“We have seen gravel being collected from road surfaces that have not been tarred yet and paving blocks and other materials used in the works.

“This is a real drawback because once funds are available again, the contractors would have to improvise or use limited materials which will compromise the quality of work,” she said. There have been  mass development projects around Lusaka which have since stalled due to lack of funds from the council and Government.