Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Kiswell Dakamau, has urged contractors engaged in local council projects to deliver quality work on time.
Dakamau made the remarks on Thursday when he visited Mkanda Rural Growth Centre in Mchinji which is still under construction.
The construction work on the site, which includes a bus depot, market, slaughter house, water supply project and feeder road to the rural growth centre, started in 2012 but was halted in 2013 after the then project contractor was involved in Cashgate.
“The money we are using to construct these rural growth centres is taxpayers’ money and we want structures that can stand the test of the times,” said Dakamau.
He then appealed to the contractor working on the project, DAT Contractors, to complete the remaining work within the 90-day period as per contractual agreement.
“The project stalled for close to five years but government has sourced funds amounting to K300 million and engaged a new contractor to complete the project. We are happy that work has resumed at the growth centre,” he added.
In his remarks, Senior Chief Mkanda applauded government for resuming work on the projects, saying it will bring development to his area.
The chief said Mkanda Trading Centre is one of the biggest trading centres in Mchinji that needs good infrastructure.
DAT Construction, RPL Engineering and Water Take Suppliers are working on the project. n