THREE Contractor companies have been suspended for operating without a valid National Council for Construction (NCC) registration, says NCC public relations officer Chama Mwansa.
She said in a statement yesterday that NCC has with immediate effect suspended the construction works for Shimizu Corporation, Velos Enterprises Limited and Swissco Building and Painting Contractors until further notice for operating without a valid registration.
‘’NCC has with immediate effect suspended the construction works for Shimizu Corporation, Velos Enterprises Limited and Swissco Building and Painting Contractors until further notice for operating without valid registrations,’’ Ms Mwansa said.
She said Shimizu Corporation requested to be deregistered as a contractor on 10th December 2015 and this was effected on 18th December 2015.
But Ms Mwansa explained that on 22nd February 2016 NCC Staff during their routine inspections discovered Shimizu Corporation was carrying out construction works contrary to their request.
She said this was in contravention of Regulation 1 (1), (2) of Statutory Instrument (S.I) No. 119 of 2008 of the National Council for Construction, Act No. 13 of 2003.
“A contractor shall not undertake, carry out or complete any construction works awarded in terms of competitive tender, quotation or otherwise unless the contractor is registered under the Act,” the regulation states.
Ms Mwansa said Shimizu Corporation was the contractor that was engaged to facilitate works on upgrading of the Lusaka Health Centres to district hospitals in the province.
She, however, said Shimizi went ahead to sub-contract Velos Enterprises Limited and Swissco Building and Painting Contractors who also do not have valid NCC Registration.
Ms Mwansa has since urged members of the public to verify the registration status of contractors before engaging them to avoid any inconveniences.
And BGC Trading and Construction Limited proprietor Bryson Chansa has said that his construction company had followed the due process of the law when it was awarded a contract to construct 20 medium cost houses in Lunga District.
Mr Chansa said that when he subcontracted the Chinese company, Mainland Corporation Limited, he informed his client Ministry of Local Government and Housing.
He said he did not abandon the works but merely gave his contract to the Chinese company that was more capable to perform.
Ministry of Local Government and Housing permanent secretary Amos Malupenga recently, informed the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the delay to complete the works was due to the abandonment of work by the contractor (BGC).
He said the ministry has since terminated the contract and that GBC has been reported to National Council for Construction (NCC) and Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) for appropriate action.