Tuesday, November 18, 2008

(THREAD) RE: Road Construction RE: British Protectorate‏

Interesting arguments presented. I'm also disappointed that there're people out there, and I hope a just a tiny few, who would actually entertain the thought of a British Protectorate. Regarding the failures of our leadership, I reckon they do what they do fundamentally becuase they know they can get away with it, and partly because some don't have a clue. How many leaders since have been succesfully prosecuted for corruption, or dismissed for failing to serve the people, not just towing the party line?

In the interest of better preserving this thread, perhaps it could be moved to Cho's or Mr. K's blog or someone's blog?


Subject: Road Construction RE: British Protectorate
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2008 05:05:46 +0000

Hi Musaba,

Here are some articles that highlight the procedures or failures of the tendering process when it comes to assigning road construction projects:

Govt's failure to complete projects disappoints Ndungu
By Mwala Kalaluka
Tuesday June 03, 2008 [04:00]

Controlling officers delay projects, says ZNTB director
By Fridah Zinyama
Thursday April 10, 2008 [04:00]

Lack of implementation delays power projects, says Magande
By Joan Chirwa
Wednesday May 07, 2008 [04:00]

(TIMES) Magande chides contractors
Magande chides contractors
By Times Reporter

FINANCE and National Planning Minister, Ng’andu Magande has warned local and foreign contractors against using Government projects to experiment their capacity to perform. Mr Magande said the Government was concerned that most road contractors in Zambia were using Government’s projects to experiment their capacity to perform
Mr Magande, who was accompanied by Kitwe town clerk, Ali Simwinga said he was concerned that even contractors without capacity were being given contracts to rehabilitate roads.
He said the awarding of contracts to contractors who were doing pathetic works was a clear indication that there was a problem with the tendering system and it needed to be amended.
He said the Government was in the process of amending the tendering system so that there could be specific jobs for local contractors and others for foreign contractors.
He was, however, impressed with the quality of work being done at the European Union (EU) funded modern market project at Nakadoli.

Hello James:

Your comments are both exciting, surprising and disappointing. Exciting in that you have highlited Zambia's problems on which people and especially government should focus. Surprising in that you only came to learn of these things last week and disappointing that a British Protectorate is the solution. I just hope that not many Zambians believe that.

One comment I usually make is that, it's not so much that our politicians are corrupt, most of them just don't have a clue. I mean if someone goes into government thinking we get free money from donors how do you think they will handle the resources? Worse still, if Zambians in the diaspora believe the same they could careless how money is spent. We need to educate ourselves on how the 'aid system' works that way we will know that it piles up as debt, and debt servicing is one of the reason our governments are always in trouble and country gets poorer. Zambia is not a country of beggars it just looks that way.



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