Mkushi residents demand termination of ‘failed’ road contract

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PETER MALASHA writes

MKUSHI residents have intensified calls to terminate Stalwart Investment Limited contract for alleged failure to complete construction of 20.2km township roads.

The contractor only managed to work on about two kilometres stretch since inception of the contract in 2018 and the rainy season was around the corner.

As a result, the community has asked Government to replace the contractor with a serious company to complete the remaining 20km stretch.

Central province Minister Sydney, Mushanga was briefed about the delay in completing the project.

Mkushi District Commissioner (DC) Emmanuel Sinkonde complained about failure by the contractor to complete road works when the Minister paid a courtesy call on him.

In random interviews, motorists called for immediate termination of contract saying the contractor was a let-down.

They said it was unfortunate that the contractor could not do the job to the expectation of the community despite assurances.

Commenting on the same matter, lmbalasa ye Lala ne SwakaAssociation secretary Getson Kapotesha said the township roads should be done.

Mr Kapotesha said there was need for Government to bring the new contractor to give what the people needed.

“As Mkushi community all we need is the new contractor who is able to do good roads for the community,” Mr Kapotesha said.

And when contacted, Mr Mushanga said the contractor was still on site though not active.

“On the Mkushi township roads the contractor is still on site though not active. The Provincial administration is engaging Stalwart Investment Limited through Ministry of Local Government Ministry,” Mr Mushanga said.

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