South chiefs fume over Bottom Road shoddy works

TRADITIONAL leaders in Sinazongwe district are up in arms against the contractor working on the Bottom Road over what they have termed  as shoddy works done on the stretch from Kanyemba Village to Syameja in Chief Mweemba chiefdom.

But RDA public relations manager Royce Saili has distanced her institution from the development saying the stretch in question did not fall within the construction works under the Bottom Road.

The traditional leaders want the Road Development Agency (RDA) to compel the contractor to revisit the works done on the stretch or they would take the law in their own hand and evict the contractor who is allegedly compromising standards.

According to a letter addressed to RDA chairman Samuel Mukuka dated 24th August, 2015 signed by senior headman Mugonko on behalf of chief Mweemba copied to area Member of Parliament Richwell Siamunene, the


chiefs are disappointed with the works on parts of the Bottom Road and have asked RDA to compel the contractor to redo the stretch.

The traditional leaders have threatened to forcibly evict the contractor if RDA was going to fail to resolve the matter and stop the contractor from continuing with the shoddy works.

Headman Mugonko stated that the bridges across most of the streams were of sub-standard, adding that there was a possibility that all the bridges would be washed away at the onset of the rainy season.

He said the entire stretch from Kanyemba village to Syameja would be impassable during the rain season in its current form hence the need to revisit the works or terminate the contract so that another contractor could be found and angaged.

“We write to ask your good office whether you have taken a keen interest to check or inspect the construction works of the road and bridges built along the Bottom Road stretching from Kanyemba village to Syameja because the works are raising a lot of concerns that in its current state. The road will become impassable during the rainy season. The bridges that have been erected across the rivers will easily be washed away,” headman Mugonko said.

He threatened that if RDA did not do anything and allow the contractor to continue, villagers would take the law in their own hands and remove the contractor out of the area because he was doing a bad job.

“The road works are bad and this needs your offices to quickly move in because the road network will be worse than before. If this issue is not addressed quickly, you will have yourself to blame because we will take the contractor to task and chase him out of the area,” he said.

He said that there was no way RDA would sit idle and watch the company doing a shoddy job when government was pumping a lot of money to ensure that Zambia had good road network systems even among the rural communities.

But when contacted for a comment, Ms. Saili told the Daily Nation that there was nothing the RDA could do because the agency was not responsible for supervising the stretch as it was not part of the Bottom Road as alleged by the traditional leaders.