By Allan Nyasulu
Mzimba, March 2, Mana: Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jacob Hara has conceded that government is losing a lot of money to stalled construction projects in the country.
He made the remarks Tuesday after he and his Deputy Minister, Nancy Chaola Mdooko, toured a number of construction projects in Mzimba District.
During the visit, it was revealed that Mzimba Stadium Construction Project and construction of Mzimba–Mtangatanga Road have stalled due to delays in paying the contractors.
Though government owes a lot of money to companies working on the two projects, he expressed government’s commitment to finalising all the stalled projects in the country, including those in Mzimba and that it would pay all the outstanding bills.
 “When projects stall, government loses a lot of money because among other things, contractors charge for the idle time spent on construction sites.
“This is why government has come up with a local bond to fund all the stalled projects even those which do not appear in the national budget,” Hara explained.
The Transport Minister also emphasized on the need for contractors to deliver workmanship, saying it is cheaper and efficient as quality infrastructure takes long to require maintenance.
On his part, Paramount Chief M’mbelwa V of Mzimba hailed government for the completion of Chakazi Bridge.
The Mzimba Stadium Construction Project, which started in 2018, was initially supposed to cost K2.5 billion but was later revised to K5.3 billion and is scheduled to be completed by mid-2022.
Construction of the K11 billion 45-kilometre Mzimba-Mtangatanga Road started in 2018 and was scheduled to be completed in 2020 but the time frame has been extended to October, 2022.

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