AVIC ordered to redo shoddy Lumumba & Great North Roads works

AVIC ordered to redo shoddy Lumumba & Great North Roads works

In what experts described as a waste of both time and tax payers’ money, the Patriotic Front government have told the contractor AVIC who recently worked on Lumumba road and Great North Road to redo the roads – less than eight (8) months after construction.

Sources at the Road Development Agency (RDA) told Daily Revelation that following the deplorable state in which the two roads had become a few months after construction, government had been forced to recall the contractor to redo the roads immediately.

Sources pointed out that corruption was the main reason the two roads had been damaged barely a year.

“It is not only unfortunate but very embarrassing as a government. You saw how Lumumba road developed some waves and potholes between the traffic lights from Down town all the way via City Market up to Mandevu round about where it connects with Great North Road. This stretch became extremely dangerous not only to motorists but also human life. We received a lot of complaints from the public and when our engineers went to inspect the roads, they recommended that both roads be redone,” sources said.

The sources said that however, due to the embarrassing nature of the case, and that it would be expensive to entirely overhaul the roads, the contractor pleaded that only parts where the roads had badly been damaged be redone.

The sources further said under normal circumstances, the life span of the road was 10 years, but however, it was difficult for roads in Zambia to attain such a life span due to excessive corruption that characterise tender awarding processes.

The sources said it was difficult for contractors to do better roads because road tenders were not awarded on merit.

“To be honest, our public procurement system is rotten. Just like the employment system, for one to get a tender for a road, there are a lot of kick-backs at play. You can’t just a get a public tender without paying a chain of people involved in awarding. So, you know, these guys in the construction sector are also human beings; they also want to make a profit at the end of the day. They are not a charity. So, of course, when they pay those on top, and those in charge of awarding these tenders, what they do is to do a shoddy job so that they remain with something. Now, what suffers in most cases is the quality of the job they deliver,” the sources said. “This is what has happened in the case of Lumumba and Great North roads.”

The sources disclosed that even the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriage way would not be different in terms of quality of road network.

The sources said as could be seen, the dual carriage way had already been compromised from the very beginning.

“First, the government has no money to do this road, which is contrary to what was earlier promised in terms of duration for the completion. Secondly, there are other people who seem not to have gotten their kick-back from this project and want to frustrate everything. So, if you combine all other factors, it does not require a scientist to give us a picture of the quality of the dual carriage way Zambians should expect at the end of this project. If indeed, this project will be completed, then, there is no doubt that it will be highly a substandard road. That is if it will be completed,” the sources observed. “Not in the context of the duration we were told.”

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    Sad state of affairs. But where is our pride as a notion. Kick backs, where is our leadership. Our morals ? Let’s bear in mind that Zambia will go beyond us. If we truly love our children, then it’s time to change our ways.

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    Jordan chulu 3 weeks ago

    Bo, m, why didn’t you advise your government to do the right job, than you now, looking for praises of redoing the job again. Ba Lungu, baflilwa, kabaleyafye, lekeni, bambi, babombeko. Shame!

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    Ronald 3 weeks ago

    This is not the only road. You just have to read the AG’s report on roads released in 2016, then you see that this started a long time ago. Some contractors and consulting engineers have got away with it because the liability period is gone.
    The life span of a road should be between 10 – 15 years and therefore a contractor will not come and redo the road after 10 or 15 years.

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    Where’s the Engineering Institution of Zambia? Wht’s their view on this issue? Silence is not an option for them.

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    We have a very big problem in this country.I believe RDA were responsible for quality control.If they were on point checking and confirming that all specs at every stage were filliwrd,this situation could have been avoided.I smell corruption as a cause.Sad for this country.

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    Ubu buteko kuwayawaya fye

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    Kalaba wa ku Luapula 3 weeks ago

    CAN SWIFT ALSO BE ORDERED TO TO THEIR 10KM STRETCH ON SOLWEZI CHINGOLA ROAD

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    BO MUNYENGE MUNYENGE 3 weeks ago

    We have a government that is equal to the task. Contractors if they think they will do a shoddy job then they are wasting their own time and money. Mind you government wont pay any single coin to these contractors to redo Lumumba road as its in the contract to redo the road if it gets damaged before its lifespan. But as usual instead of praising government for commanding AVIC to redo the road, enemies of progress are busy criticizing a good gesture by government.Lumumba handles a lot of traffic and it would be wise for AVIC to design and make this road to international standard like the way mota Engil does

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    Samlindo 3 weeks ago

    FIRST I APOLOGIZE, THE ALFA WAS MISINFORMED AGAIN, I REMEMBER LAST YEAR HE TOOK A DRIVE TO COMMISSION THE FAKE LUMUMBA ROAD WITH POMP AND SPLENDOR IN A CONVOY OF SO MANY VEHICLES, I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE FEELS NOW AFTER THAT SHOW OF ELEGANCE, MR ALPHA PLEASE YOU ARE BEING TAKEN FOR A RIDE, ACT NOW BECAUSE IT IS YOUR NAME WHICH IS BEING DRAGGED IN THE MUD.