MOZAMBICAN CONTRACTORS ABANDON 800 GOVERNMENT PROJECTS

MAPUTO– Contractors in Mozambique have abandoned more than 800 building jobs awarded to them by the government despite them having received in full the money stipulated in the contracts, says Minister of State Administration Carmelita Namashalua.

In some cases, the contractors did half the job before abandoning the site, but in others, they simply took the money and ran. Not only was the State defrauded, but the communities who should have been served by the unfinished buildings were deprived of public services, she added.

Speaking at a meeting in the central province of Zambezia, Namashalua said that government officials who authorised payment in full before the job was done would be held responsible, since they had violated basic principles of the law on hiring contractors. Payments to contractors should be phased, she said, and they should never receive 100 per cent all at once.

She cited specifically two public buildings abandoned in the Zambezia district of Derre, after the contractors had received seven million meticais (about 117,000 US dollars). The buildings should have been concluded in 2016, but to date both are less than 50 per cent complete. The contractors had received all the money mentioned in the contracts.

Namashalua said the managers who allowed this to happen will be penalised.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

MOZAMBICAN CONTRACTORS ABANDON 800 GOVERNMENT PROJECTS

MAPUTO– Contractors in Mozambique have abandoned more than 800 building jobs awarded to them by the government despite them having received in full the money stipulated in the contracts, says Minister of State Administration Carmelita Namashalua.

In some cases, the contractors did half the job before abandoning the site, but in others, they simply took the money and ran. Not only was the State defrauded, but the communities who should have been served by the unfinished buildings were deprived of public services, she added.

Speaking at a meeting in the central province of Zambezia, Namashalua said that government officials who authorised payment in full before the job was done would be held responsible, since they had violated basic principles of the law on hiring contractors. Payments to contractors should be phased, she said, and they should never receive 100 per cent all at once.

She cited specifically two public buildings abandoned in the Zambezia district of Derre, after the contractors had received seven million meticais (about 117,000 US dollars). The buildings should have been concluded in 2016, but to date both are less than 50 per cent complete. The contractors had received all the money mentioned in the contracts.

Namashalua said the managers who allowed this to happen will be penalised.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK