Mutorwa unhappy about contractors that fail to complete govt projects

27 Mar 2019 19:10pm
RUNDU, 27 MAR (NAMPA) – Works and Transport Minister John Mutorwa has condemned the tendency by some contractors who are awarded government projects to leave them incomplete and abandoned.
He said their actions are not only disappointing, but also deprive the ordinary Namibian of services from public facilities.
Mutorwa was speaking on Tuesday during his visit to the site of the Kavango East Meteorological Services regional office.
Work on the construction of the N.dollars 5.7 million project started in 2013 and it was supposed to be completed in 2014. It was however left incomplete in 2015.
“It is strange that a project that was earmarked to be completed within a year is now in its sixth year,” the minister said.
The contract between the ministry and the contractor was terminated on 28 October 2018 since the contractor failed to complete the work.
In order for the project to be completed, the ministry will need to appoint another contractor to finish the remaining work since the building is 90 per cent complete.
Mutorwa suggested that ministers and executive directors be on the ground to see what is happening in order to account properly for the projects that have been budgeted for and approved in Parliament, because the developmental budget is the actual budget that serves the general population.
“If there is provision for a clinic or a hospital or the weather station in the budget and the work has been delayed for so many years… you are depriving the ordinary Namibian citizen of the services that are supposed to be rendered through that particular facility,” the minister said.
Besides the meteorological service regional offices, there are also are a number of other government projects in both the Kavango East and Kavango West Regions that have not been completed.
These include the Nkurenkuru District Hospital which was started in 2014, a maternity ward for the Rundu State Hospital which was also started in 2014 and the regional offices of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.