CONSTRUCTION works at Gotagota High School in Kambale village of Chieftainess Chiawa’s area in Kafue District have stalled after the contractor allegedly abandoned the project whose works started in 2013.
This came to light when Patriotic Front PF Lusaka Province youth chairperson Kennedy Kamba toured some Government projects in the rural areas of the district where it was revealed that the contractor purchased wrong specifications of the building materials, resulting in the construction of a substandard structure which has not cheered the local people.The new structure is part of Government effort to separate high school pupils who are currently being accommodated at Gotagota Primary School.
The project, which has been fully funded by Government at a total cost of K454, 000, has yet again received funding despite the delay in completion of works of the 1 by 3 classroom block and a teacher’s house.
Gotagota Primary School head teacher Dickson Ntambo explained that the contractor Nchifa Contractors had contracted another firm to supply building materials but were given wrong specifications different from those required for the project.
Mr. Ntambo said the District Education Board also sent building inspectors recommended that the contractor moves back on site to redo some of the shoddily done works at the school.
He said the workmanship was poor before the contractor abandoned the works but has since talked to the contractor who assured to move back on site in a few weeks’ time.
He said the school had since been tasked by the District Education Board to monitor the works when the contractor moves back on site to ensure that standard works were done.
Meanwhile, former Kambale ward councillor of Kafue constituency Charles Mandika said the construction works of the school had been slow from the time works took off.
And Mr Kamba said he would involve Government through the Ministry of Education to ensure that the works which have been ongoing since 2013 were completed as soon as possible.
Mr. Kamba who was in the company of Kafue constituency aspiring member of Parliament Gibson Sinkala and district council chairperson candidate Catherine Mutuna all under the PF also expressed dissatisfaction at the quality of works done at the school and said the delay was frustrating Government efforts to deliver equitable development in the various districts across the country.
Other developmental projects in the area that were toured include the Lesa Chongwe bridge connecting Kambale village to Chisakila village and the Chisakila health centre which is among the 650 health posts being rolled out by Government and has since been completed and was awaiting commissioning.