07 Mar 2018 22:00pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAR (NAMPA) Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa on Thursday asked Roads Authority (RA) Chief Executive Officer Conrad Lutombi to distribute the report on the findings on the RA building.
Mutorwas request came during a familiarisation visit to the RA head office, where he was accompanied by his deputy, James Sankwasa.
During presentations on the mandate, governance, operations, projects, funding and challenges of the RA by its board chairperson Brian Katjaerua, it came to the fore that the head office is one of the challenges.
Sankwasa wanted to know the validity of claims that some engineers are working from home because they fear for their lives should the building fall due to construction defects.
Lutombi denied such claims, saying this is not the case unless these engineers are absconding.
The building, according to Lutombi, was completed in February last year and the defects in question were detected in March which led to the decision to cancel the official inauguration that was supposed to be officiated by President Hage Geingob.
The defects were detected and a detailed investigation was done by the RA and independent teams to make sure there will be no unnoticed mistakes, Lutombi explained, adding that the cost is estimated at N.dollars 26 million and could drop.
Mutorwa was however not happy that the ministers and the board members would only be informed once the report has been finalised.
It is much better to involve all stakeholders as early as possible. What if the minister does not approve some of the issues in the report, what then? Mutorwa asked.
An official from the engineering department of the RA gave assurances regarding the positive findings of the investigations, saying that there will be no catastrophes due to construction defects.