Govt ponders paying contractors


Government is working on modalities to ensure contractors currently undertaking its projects are paid, chief policy analyst for project monitoring and implementation Joseph Mukupa has said.

Speaking when he inspected the rehabilitation of township roads in Kasempa, Mr Mukupa said Government was in a hurry to develop the country and would ensure that all contractors were paid on time.

“In the meeting we had with the contractor, he indicated that his company received partial payment but as Government, we want to assure the contractor that soon they will be paid because we do not want works to stall,” Mr Mukupa said.

He said Government under the able leadership of President Edgar Lungu was in a hurry to deliver development to the people as promised during the campaigns by providing infrastructure such as roads to ease the movement of goods and services. And Mr Mukupa has expressed happiness with the works done so far by the contractor.

Government has contracted Asphalt Roads Zambia Limited to construct 9.2 kilometers of township roads in Kasempa in 14 months.

Meanwhile, Mr Mukupa said the contractor was faced with the challenge of removing utility infrastructure such as Zamtel cables, water pipes and electricity power lines.

He said Government would soon engage the utility companies so that all service lines are realigned.

Mr Mukupa was recently in Kasempa in the company of Special Assistant to the President for Project Monitoring and Implementation Lucky Mulusa.