Multi-million Pula project bungled


Yet another contractor has bungled a multi-million Pula government housing contract.

The Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Nonofo Molefhi told Parliament on Thursday that they had not made progress towards handing over of the 48 housing units in Block 6 in Gaborone, to the Ministry of Health.

He was answering a question from Gaborone Central MP, Phenyo Butale who wanted to know progress made towards the handing over of the housing units.

“Those houses have not been used for almost four to five years due to misunderstandings. But, we had managed to resolve the matter and now we are looking for the second contractor to finish the work that was not completed. Following the adjudication of the disputes by the Disputes Adjudication Board, we are currently going through PPADB formalities to agree on the best way to complete the project,” Molefhi said.

He said the dispute arose while construction was halted.

Molefhi said the two parties ultimately resolved to take the issues to the Dispute Adjudication Board, which has since made a ruling and its decisions have been effected.

However, MPs wanted to know if the second contractor would not cost the government even more money.  Mogoditshane MP, Sedirwa Kgoroba said he suspected that proper supervision was not done at the sites, since contractors keep on dumping government projects after taking more than half of the money.

“There is serious shortage of accommodation for civil servants and this kind of projects need to be taken seriously. Again, we should not condone situations in which contractors are not taken to task for failing to complete projects,” Kgoroba said.

Editor's Comment
What about employees in private sector?

How can this be achieved when there already is little care about the working conditions of those within the private sector employ?For a long time, private sector employees have been neglected by their employers, not because they cannot do better to care for them, but because they take advantage of government's laxity when it comes to protecting and advocating for public sector employees, giving the cue to employers within the private sector...

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