‘Bad weather’ halts bus station works

The Kabwe bus station currently under construction will not be completed within the stipulated contract period of 18 weeks because of bad weather.

But the opposition UPND has demanded for a thorough explanation of how more than K2million allocated for the works has been used.

Humphrey Chishala Chitoshi, the site engineer for Bellview Contractors, the company contracted to build the ultra-modern station said bad weather had hampered the works and maintained that his company wanted to deliver a structure of excellent quality.

In an interview with KNC radio station, Mr Chitoshi said his company had tried to mobilise equipment so that works could progress but that bad weather being experienced in the past two weeks had hampered them.

“We were in the process of mobilising equipment but as you have seen, the weather has been very bad especially in the past two weeks due to rains. We want to ensure that we build a quality bus station; this week we will start preparing the works,” said Mr. Chitoshi.

But UPND Central Province youth chairman Milner Mwanakampwe has dismissed Chishala’s ‘‘bad weather’’ claims and demanded for an explanation from Government on the K2million which was released for the project.

The youth leader said his party welcomed the idea of a bus station but advised that an alternative site should have been found as opposed to displacing people who were struggling to make ends meet.

“If Government had listened to our counsel, this mess could not have been there. To begin with, you displace people and then go ahead to pay money to a contractor who does not finish the works. We welcome the project but an alternative place should have been found and a steady contractor engaged,” charged Mr. Mwanakampwe.

Meanwhile, Kabwe Municipal Council public relations manager Annie Mumba declined to comment on the slow pace and referred the query to director of engineering, a Mr. Mushinge and Town clerk Oliver Muuka who were both not in their offices.

And a check at the site revealed that there was no works in progress and no earth moving equipment.

The ground has however been levelled and the site was being guarded by four men.

The site engineer was not on site.

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