200 Million kwacha paid to local contractors – Siliya

By Staff Reporter

Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya says the Treasury has released K200 million to clear debt owed to small scale contractors.

Speaking at a media briefing yesterday in Lusaka, Siliya announced that the K200 million which was released by the Ministry of Finance had been paid out to over 190 small contractors, 24 sub-contractors and consultants.

“I did announce two weeks ago that government was going to pay Zambian contractors beginning with small contractors. I’m happy to report that K200 million which was released by the ministry of finance has been paid out to over 190 small Zambian contractors and a further 24 sub-contractors, as well as consultants. It is important that Zambian contractors who do their work are actually paid so that we keep the economy going and that the workers in the industry continue to look after their families. I know that some monies are still owed to some other small, medium and big contractors, government is really hoping that we can come to an end of this debt issue,” she said.
And Siliya encouraged political parties to practice intra-party democracy.

“Government has noticed with great concern the continued violence during elections. Elections should be a time when citizens can freely choose the leaders they prefer. As government we condemn in the highest order violent elections and we are calling upon all well-meaning political parties to do the same. It is the reason why government continues to encourage all political parties to practice intra party democracy because without intra-party democracy we will continue to see violent traits,” she said.

Siliya said government had completed a temporal alternative crossing point on the washed away Kawambwa-Mbereshi road.

“…… we are hoping that the consultants would have finished very quickly making their recommendations to government on the permanent structure to be built. We are hoping that the permanent solution would take four months to complete, hopefully beginning in June,” said Siliya.