The construction projects in Ngabwe district have gone in disarray after being abandoned by the contractors due to government’s failure to pay them while many others have just remained on paper as there has been completely no money paid. This is contrary to government claims that they have paid all the contractors of ongoing projects.
While earning money for doing nothing, Ngabwe district is currently run from Kabwe and council chairperson Tabitso Sheleni Mizinga said that it would be difficult to implement the government directive for all government and local authority workers to relocate to the area by February as there is no infrastructure. Ngabwe is one of the districts that were haphazardly created by late President Michael Sata.
During campaigns, President Edgar Lungu lied to the local people that government had released the money in full for all the projects in Ngabwe, but check at the Central province planning office revealed that the clinic, government administration offices and houses have all been done only up to 16% while the Mayor’s house and other utilities like the police station have not been done because no payment has been released to the contractors.
Late last year, then provincial minister Davies Chisopa and Permanent secretary Edwidge Mutale differed after the later objected to sending civil servants in an area that was not secured.