GOVERNMENT has canceled a contract for the construction and rehabilitation of 28 Kilometers of urban roads in Mansa after the Chinese contractor failed to complete the works on time.
Mansa District Council Mayor Silondwa Monga told the Daily Nation that Government had embarked on various developmental projects but that the rehabilitation of selected roads in the district to bituminous standard was delayed by the Chinese contractor forcing government through the Ministry of Local Government to cancel the contract.
Mr. Monga said the K96million project was aimed at adding value to the District, adding that the Patriotic Front was a serious government whose agenda was to develop the country at a faster rate and improve the livelihood of the people.
“We had the contract of the Chinese company terminated because they were delaying to finalize these roads in the district. So that contract has been re-advertised by the ministry and what we are waiting for now, is for the ministry to pick the contractor. So far five have submitted their bids among them we have local companies and Chinese,” he said.
He said Government was also constructing a modern district hospital in order to improve health service delivery in the region, adding that the agenda for development was number one.
Mr. Monga said the district would soon see a modern market and other public facilities would soon be worked on in order to add beauty the district.
“Mansa-Luwingu road is almost complete; we are remaining with less than 40km before we reach Luwingu. So all those are projects we are doing here. We also demolished the old civic centre in order to pave way for the construction of a new civic centre by the Ministry of Local government,” he said.
He said the rehabilitation taking place in Kabole Stadium were almost complete and hoped that the people in the area would take care of the facility as it was theirs.