By Hon Heartson Mabeta,
The federal government of Zambia by his excellence President Hakainde Hichilema has come to the rescue of the folks of Mufulira who’ve been subjected to sunlight theft by scavengers in Public places of work who awarded themselves a K701 million overpriced highway contract with out following the tendering process on twenty fifth July 2016. The undertaking was anticipated to be accomplished on twenty ninth June 2019.
The fraudulent contract was awarded to Inyatsi Roads Zambia Restricted in a three way partnership with Marks Industries Restricted. The 2 corporations had no equipment, experience, and expertise to execute the works therefore subcontracted Swift Cargo to do the job.
Swift Cargo mobilized a water bowser, Grader, loader, and two tippers on thirtieth June 2017. Simply after grading some deviation on the primary highway, NRF was instructed to pay the contractor with none certificates of works completed.
Regardless of the contractor having failed to finish the works as per contract phrases, the contract was prolonged 3 times with the revised completion date of twenty eighth September 2021. The quantity of the contract was additionally revised upwards to K745 million on which RDA was instructed to proceed paying the contractor with out measuring works completed.
Earlier than the 2021 election, the contractor had been paid a complete of K238 million. Regardless of the change of presidency on twelfth August as a result of rampant corruption within the PF authorities, RDA licensed one other cost of K29.7 million kwacha on twelfth September 2021 to the contractor.
The member of parliament for Kantashi Hon Anthony Mumba questioned the federal government why they’d paid 30 million to a contractor who had completed nothing on the highway and requested the federal government to terminate the contract, the contractor went on radio to denounce the member of parliament for deceptive the general public and sued the Mp for Kantashi for defamation claiming K1 million in damages.
Regardless of the member of parliament for Mufulira central Hon Golden Mwila, member of parliament for Chifubu Hon Loyd Lubosha and myself, having visited RDA to get the correct data on the cash paid to the contractor and worth of works completed on the highway on 1st October 2021, RDA couldn’t give us the data.
On behalf of the folks of Kankoyo, I used to be requested to write down a letter to request the data, having in thoughts that the contractor on this highway was Swift Cargo, after 60 days of following the difficulty, RDA responded saying that the contract was awarded to Inyatsi Roads Zambia and never swift cargo therefore our query to know the worth of works completed and quantity paid was not responded to.
On 2nd November 2021, we wrote one other letter quoting the right contractor however RDA couldn’t reply to our letter.
The member of parliament for Mufulira determined to formally write to the speaker of the nationwide meeting, therefore the minister responded to the query yesterday on twenty fifth February 2022.
In the course of the parliament session, it was stunning to study that the full cash paid to the contractor was in actual fact 267 million kwacha and never the 30 million Hon Anthony Mumba knew therefore I requested the minister to inform the folks of Mufulira if the works are completed was equal to the cash paid. The response from the minister was not very passable therefore we regarded ahead to RDA giving us a extra detailed report.
After parliament, RDA known as me to choose up the response to the letter we wrote on 2nd November 2021. Within the response RDA has suggested that the contract was terminated on twenty eighth September 2021, the company is within the technique of procuring one other contractor to finish the remaining works the undertaking, the contract is beneath investigation by numerous safety wigs as such, they shall advise at an acceptable time on the assorted requested particulars when the sharing of such data can longer jeopardize the on-going inquiries.
It’s our prayer that the investigation can be concluded quickly, the 267 million robbed from the folks of Mufulira can be recovered and anybody discovered wanting can be punished closely for betraying the folks of Mufulira.
What unites us is greater than what can ever divide us as we’re at all times and ever stronger collectively.
The Writer is the ruling United Celebration for Nationwide Growth (UPND) Member of Parliament for Kankoyo Constituency in Mufulira