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We are overlooking one point which is how these tenders are Public Private Partnership deals are being done. Most are over inflated with individuals in the proccess being offered collosall sums for their pockets which we ultimately the public will pay for. Amounts in excess of US$1m are going into individujal pockets particularly in projects being done by parastatals. These developments dotted around with chinese funding are over inflatede as their is no tendering whatsoever.
By the way, is it the Chinese who did the resurfacing of Luangwa Bridge to Mwami border Road? The moment the road was completed, ridges started forming on the sides and middle. This is mainly in hilly areas. I am not a civil engineer or road engineer, but my observation is that on hills the trucks laden with cargo are slowest in hilly areas and therefore the weight of the trucks and cargo gets concentrated in those hilly areas, thereby causing pressure on the tarmac, thus forming ridges. I thought that it is the job of consulting engineers to ensure that appropriate material mixtures are applied in different surfaces. This principle should also apply at points such as permanent road blocks and toll gates where vehicle speeds are at the lowest. At least I have noted that at toll gates, the surfaces have taken this issue into account.
Look, ZAMBIANs should be more worried that major infrastructure like lower Kafue Hydro electric dams, Kariba dam rehab was given to Chinese contractors who do shoddy work not because they’re incompetent, but because they cut corners to recover whatever monies they’ve paid out in bribes or under quoted to get the contracts. If you want to know how they cut corners, think for one minute and compare ALL the roads built by the Chinese contractors – they don’t last more that 3 years. Compare this time period to how long it took for the original roads built in the 60s or more recently the Swedish (I think) Phoenix Contractor roads constructed from Chiluba’s MMD era and how long they lasted before you saw a pothole or a bump? They lasted a lot longer. Chinese contractors cut corners by ensuring RDA don’t enforce construction of kerbs, walkways or spaces for pedestrians, or cycling space for bicycles. They don’t even add an e try inch st bends or corners forcing roads to break at corners and bends as motorists try to navigate around these tight turning angles. Are you telling me RDA doesn’t see this? Government ministries? Or departments? But when you’ve chewed, it’s very difficult to enforce any standards or adherence to plans. They also reduce on number of compaction runs resulting in road collapsing as we are seeing in the bypass we erroneously call ring road (it does not go round the city). Or reduce cement+sand aggregate ratios; Even though the Japsnese paid for it, the contractor was Chinese identified by the Zambian government. If the Japanese tax payers found out about the shoddy work, heads would roll in Japan as they did in Norway over the ministry of health misappropriations. The Kitwe water works pipeline rehabilitation was done Bu a Chinese company. If you dig the pipes which were laid in late 90s, you find in some areas they did not put sand bedding making the pipes colapse earlier. The former president Khama cancelled many achinese projects less than 10years who when he realised they not durable, while in Zambia we increased instructions especially i ally roads built like my wire car roads I used to make.
Again, though many people are st fault including RDA, ministry of works etc. The people I’m most disappointed with are the engineers of Zambia who see thess goings on without raising alarm. But that’s for another response. The point is what Malaysia PM IS saying is so profound that iit should make us look closer at Chines3 contracts. The question is, are we going to do anything about it? I doubt it. There in is where we are all to blame.
He says no country will allow the kind of investment where China does everything including the money remaining in China. Obviously the dude hasn’t heard of a country called zambia. Gosh what an ignoramus!
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