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CONTRACTOR STALLING HOSPITAL COMPLETION SUMMONED

The contractor building Nsumbu Mini Hospital in Northern Province has summoned to establish why construction works of the life-saving facility have been summoned to establish why works have stalled.

Construction of the health facility which is under the Lake Tanganyika Development Project has stalled despite being funded.

Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection, Raphael Nakacinda, summoned Devine Contractors Limited today when he inspected the projects in Nsumbu, Northern Province.

The construction of the health facility that started in July 2017 was expected to be completed in October 2018 but has stalled till now.

“It is disheartening to see such critical projects being abandoned when they are intended to save people’s lives. I want to see the contractor and everyone involved in this project in my office on Tuesday,”
Mr. Nakacinda said.

Mr. Nakacinda charged that engineers who certified the first phase of the project as fit need to be identified and dealt with accordingly.

He says government will not condone people defrauding the state because of their selfish interests.

The Lake Tanganyika Development Project (LTDP) was formulated within the framework of the Zambian Long Term Vision, known as Vision 2030, with which the country aims at becoming “a Prosperous Middle Income Nation by 2030”.

The Lake Tanganyika Development Project is an integrated project aimed at protecting the ecological integrity of the Lake Tanganyika basin and improve the quality lives of the basin population through provision of essential economic infrastructure.

The project will be implemented over a five-year period in two Districts, Mpulungu and Nsama, which are within the Lake’s catchment area and zone of influence of its basin.

The project is set to promote wider adoption of sustainable land, forest, and water management practices and technologies to reduce land degradation, deforestation and increase agricultural production.

In addition, the project will facilitate the conservation and preservation of both wildlife and the heritage resources in the area especially the national park, which has the potential to contribute to economic development in terms of foreign exchange earnings, employment and income generation.

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