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Chinese contractor delivers Broadhurst court on time, within budget

MPHO MOKWAPE
Broadhurst Magistrate Court. PIC. KENNEDY RAMOKONE
A Chinese company, Red East Construction, has been credited for delivering the state-of-the-art Broadhurst Magistrate’s Court on time and within budget for the maintenance and dispensation of effective judicial duties.

The Magistrate’s Court, which was official opened on Tuesday, was renovated to the tune of P75,628,899 by the Chinese company.

It consists of 10 courtrooms from four, registries, a gymnasium and plenty of space for magistrates.

When officially opening the multi million-pula court, President Ian Khama applauded the contractor and sub-contractors for delivering the magnificent project within budget and stipulated specifications.

“I hope in fullness of time the workmanship will remain enduring and those responsible for maintenance and refurbishment to ensure that this will be done on schedule,” he said.

This comes at the back drop of Chinese companies often coming under fire for late completion of construction, shoddy job and going over budget for projects causing public outcry.

On the Judiciary, Khama said the goal was to develop, maintain and sustain an efficient as well as effective judicial system to dispense justice fairly.

He explained the discharge of the function

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was anchored on the rule of law foundation, which was pedestal to the country’s vision.

“If the judiciary adheres to this, they will enjoy the confidence and respect of all.  The nation expects a good quality judicial system,” he said.

Khama said the court would now be able to cope with the increase in litigation and criminal cases noting that since the construction there has been tremendous increase in the number of cases registered before it.

Explaining that it made it difficult for the old structure to cope as it was not only dealing with cases from Gaborone but also surrounding areas.

Meanwhile, Red East Construction seems to be on course and restoring faith in outside construction companies as it currently has other government jobs.

The company, which is a subsidiary of Zhengtai Group Botswana, has other projects currently under construction among them being the Mmamashia-Kanye pipelines.



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