Malawi gov’t deserts construction of Chitipa health facility

Construction work for a health facility in Malawi’s northern region district of Chitipa has stalled following government’s failure to pay the building contractor, Nyasa Times has learnt.

Project engineer for Zowoya Building Contractors – proprietors of the construction – Bone Bongolo said in an interview that they were failing to keep the work going because of financial hurdles.

“We’ve not received advanced payment, and thus we can’t continue with the work,” said Bongolo.

Henry Chimbali, Ministry of Health spokesman: Money was released
Henry Chimbali, Ministry of Health spokesman: Money was released

He added that “they are failing to buy the required resources.”

Nyasa Times established that there hasn’t been any work done on the site since last September.

But Ministry of Health spokesperson Henry Chimbali said they “had already made [enough] partial payment to the contractor for the work.”

The facility, to be called Kapoka Health Centre once completed, is expected to serve about 15, 000 people and ease pressure on Chitipa District Hospital which is 20 kilometres away.

 

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