ABANDONED CHAVUMA POLICE PROJECT WORRIES JCTR

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By JACKSON MAPAPAYI

CHAVUMA needs a fully-fledged police station to curb crime in the North-western province district, The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has said.

The centre has expressed sadness that the police station project had stalled at 60 per cent when the work started in 2012.

The contract for the construction of the police station was awarded to a Copperbelt based company, Lamusa limited in 2012 at a cost of K1.3 million.

JCTR programmes officer for North western province, Miconyinza Dieudenne said the contractor had abandoned the project, leaving the building at 60 percent complete falling apart.

He said this during the launch of the Social Audit report on the facility in Chavuma.

According to the findings, the contractor had been paid in full.

He said the people in Chavuma only had access to police services from a police post situated 11 kilometres from the Central Business District (CBF).

“We conducted a social audit on the project and it is sad to note that the project has been abandoned by the contractor despite being fully paid,” he said.

Mr Dieudenne said that there had been outcry from the people of Chavuma that the project be completed but that their cry had fallen in deaf ears.

The programme coordinator said despite all Zambians having the right to quality social services and security, the people of Chavuma were being denied access to police services.

He however blamed stakeholders in the district for not taking keen in the project.

Mr Dieudenne said his organization held a strong view that public projects would always suffer if stakeholders were not proactive, transparent and accountable.

“Both duty bearers and right holders need to take keen interest in such public projects if meaningful development is to be attained in the area,” he said.

Government, he said, should work at ensuring that contractors given government projects complete them and that the bidding process is done in good faith to ensure non wastage of national resources .

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