SOME road contractors are denting the image of Government by failing to complete projects within the stipulated period, Lusaka deputy mayor Portipher Tembo has said.
Mr Tembo who is also Chawama ward two councillor told the Daily Nation after inspecting road construction in his ward yesterday that it was disheartening to see works that should have lasted only two months drag on for six months without any sign of completion.
He called on the RDA to ensure that they inspected works being done by road contractors that they have engaged.
Mr Tembo cited the works on Madalisto road which he said had dragged on for months without signs of nearing completion despite being earmarked for completion within two months from the time the works started.
He said the local contractor engaged to work on the road was not even on site when they went to inspect the works.
“I want to urge RDA to inspect works being done by road contractors they engage. I am just from inspecting some of the roads in Chawama and it is very disheartening to learn that works that should have been completed a long time ago have kept on dragging for months. An example is the local contractor working on the Madalisto road.
The works were scheduled to finish within two months but they have gone on for six months now without any sign of nearing completion and the contractor was not even on site when we went to inspect,” Mr Tembo said.
He said despite making an effort to get hold of the RDA inspector entrusted to supervise works on the roads, nothing tangible came out because his mobile number was constantly outside coverage area. “RDA must consider revoking the contracts given to certain contractors. And the unfortunate thing is that even the inspector who is in charge of the said road has his phone outside coverage area, so we cannot communicate. RDA should show seriousness because they are the experts in these issues,” he said.
Mr Tembo said Government was committed to ensuring that the country had a good road network because the transport sector drove the development of any country.
He said Government’s efforts must not be frustrated by people who were doing shoddy works.
“The Government is tirelessly working hard to improve the road sector in the country because it is the engine in any country’s economic development. We do not want to see these efforts get frustrated by individuals who are doing shoddy works,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chawama ward two has had a total of seven roads tarred while three have been paved in the last few months.
Mr Tembo said the roads would easy the movement of people and their goods to and from different destinations within Chawama.