Roads Authority to blacklist non-performing contractors

08 Apr 2015 09:10am
KATIMA MULILO, 08 APR (NAMPA) – The Roads Authority of Namibia (RA) is busy revising its Procurement Policy and Tender rules to ensure that tenders are awarded to fully able and equipped contractors.
The RA’s Corporate Communications Manager, Hileni Fillemon, said the revision of policies and regulations comes in the wake of the recent cancellation of a multi-million constructions tender for the Izimwe-Nakabolelwa gravel road in the Zambezi Region.
She told Nampa on enquiry on Monday that the RA terminated the contract after Kubaraf Development Enterprises cc, which was awarded the N.dollars 46 million-project in February 2012, failed to complete work within the specified period.
The project to upgrade the gravel surface to a tar road for over 21 kilometres was to be completed within 15 months but Kubaraf missed its deadline by over one year.
“We would also like to caution all contractors that the RA will not tolerate non-performance and poor workmanship on our projects,” said Fillemon.
Asked whether Kubaraf would be punished for its non-performance and poor workmanship, she said the RA is presently assessing whether to retain the contractor’s performance guarantee from its bank, as per the signed contract.
Fillemon explained, this is because the RA has spent about 61 per cent of the N.dollars 46 million, adding that the organisation will soon be guided by the Procurement Policy on whether to blacklist the said contractor.
“The RA sincerely regrets the delay in completing this project due to the non-performance of the contractor. The RA is still committed to develop Namibian contractors and Small and Medium Enterprises to build capacity in the local construction industry,” she said.
Fillemon added that the RA is in the process of appointing a new contractor to complete the work.
“We are busy finalising the process and our aim is to have the appointment done by 01 May 2015,” she said.
The construction of the Izimwe-Nakabolelwa road is aimed to bring the much-needed development that will provide easier access to surrounding villages and connect schools and hospitals to roads from Katima Mulilo to the Ngoma Border post.