Another reap off
…Govt pays K53 million for makeshift ‘tollgate’ structures
Government has again dubiously overpaid the contractor who built the recently commissioned Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza, in questionable circumstances where the treasury is to bleed USD4.3 million (K53) million.
Sources at the National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) told the Zambian Watchdog over the weekend that the total cost for the construction of the structures were over priced by more than K40 million.
“The true value of those structures is about K10 million Kwacha. When you look at those buildings they are really makeshift to cost the government treasury USD4.3 million. Who is benefiting from the K40 million?” wondered the source.
According to the source Housing and Infrastructure Minister Ronald Chitotela singlehandedly imposed the Inzovu, the Contractor on the NRFA agency.
“We had other bidders that had reasonable prices but we were directed to to deal with this very contractor and clearly the Zambian people are losing millions in this transaction again,” said the NRFA informant.
President Edgar Lungu on Saturday commissioned the USD4.3 million toll plaza in Ndola. The president also commissioned the first ever electronic tolling card which would enable users pay electronically.
During the commission President Lungu said the tolling program would continue to be a beacon of hope and model for sustainable financing of road infrastructure projects in the country.