Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:07:00 +0000
By KALOBWE BWALYA
ABOUT K4.6 billion is needed to complete Infrastructure projects which are above 80 percent of physical progress in the country, Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development, Ronald Chitotela, has revealed.
Mr Chitotela said the amount was arrived at during a task force on Project Implementation meeting held last week in Lusaka. The meeting identified all projects that were above 80 percent of physical progress and would work in accordance with the mandate given to it by President Edgar Lungu of ensuring that all the selected projects were worked on by June this year.= Mr Chitotela who is task force chairperson said the money will come from the 2018 budgetary allocation for project implementation.
In a statement, Mr Chitotela assured the Zambian people that the task force on Project Implementation would ensure prudent use of the funds. “I want to assure the Zambian people that under my watch as task force chairperson, there will be prudent use of all the money that will be released. I must also add that the money will not be released all at once, but will only be released upon production of interim payment certificates, ‘said Mr Chitotela. And Mr Chitotela disclosed that all National Housing Authority (NHA) Houses in Lusaka have been offered for sale, adding that if would be clients would not buy the units, the offer would be revoked by the end of this month and NHA will revert to renting.
Meanwhile Mr Chitotela has reiterated that allegations that the Road Development Agency (RDA) bought him a car were false and unfounded. “The much talked about car from RDA is a motor vehicle which RDA bought to be used for monitoring RDA projects by the Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development and it is not a personal motor vehicle for me,” he said.