SWINDLERS are on the loose and have cheated some road contractors out of their money, Road Development Agency (RDA) Public Relations Manager Loyce Saili has revealed.
And Ms Saili warned contractors to avoid engaging and paying ‘middlemen’ who approach them under the guise of having useful connections with agency staff.
Ms Saili said there was a group of unscrupulous individuals purporting to be representatives of RDA who were taking advantage of and extorting funds from unsuspecting contractors and other entities with business interest in the road sector.
“It has been further reported that this same group of unscrupulous persons, claims to have links and the ability to elicit ‘favourable treatment’ from the RDA for the unsuspecting contractors and other entities,” she said.
Ms Saili said RDA operations and activities were guided by stringent and transparent regulations and measures which the agency complied with at all times in the award of contracts and other business opportunities.
“We wish to earnestly advise the general public that the RDA being a major public interest entity, subscribe to the principles of probity, and therefore operates with honesty, integrity, transparent and professionalism in the conduct of its affairs,” she said.
Ms Saili further advised all contractors and entities with an interest in RDA business to directly approach and engage the agency for any service or information related to their business needs.
She urged members of the public to immediately report any persons engaged in fraudulent practices and middlemanship to the nearest Law Enforcement Agencies and to the RDA management.
“In case any RDA employees are involved, we also encourage the public to report such staff, as RDA does not condone dishonest and unprofessional conduct among its staff,” Ms Saili said.
And unscrupulous people purporting to be Road Transport Safety (RTSA) Agency staff members are on the loose also defrauding unsuspecting motorists seeking services from the agency.
The agency, through a public notice, has appealed to members of the public to seek agency services from individuals found behind RTSA office counters with proper identification name cards bearing the agency logo, name and position of the staff member.
The agency alleged that the individuals known as ‘‘chimutengos’’ or ‘‘so-called agents’’ assumed the role of agency staff unscrupulously obtained money from members of the public in exchange for accessing agency services quickly when infact not.
‘‘All what they are doing is on one end cheating customers and on the other corrupting agency staff and hence making road transport service appear to be expensive,” a RTSA official said in a statement.
The agency further informed the public that all agency fees and fines were visibly posted at all stations and that the public should not hesitate to contact the RTSA public relations unit for clarification.