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Government will amend contracts for contractors it engages on major projects to include timeframes for completion and appropriate penalties for those who fail to complete construction as scheduled.

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo said Government was also partly to blame for uncompleted projects as it sometimes failed to disburse sufficient funds.

Dr Chombo was speaking after touring various incomplete projects in Harare while accompanied by Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi and other Government officials.

“We are going to demand on all new contracts that completion date be included,” he said. “We are also going to demand a turnout clause so that if you do not finish on time for whatever reason, you should be able to be penalised by the person that hired you.

“In turn we also should make sure that we put all our monies together before we award a contract so that we are assured of payments when they are due. So, it cuts both ways.

“We will have to look at both aspects of failure to complete on time and in a given time, so that there is a penalty and once there is a penalty the contractor will work swiftly and efficiently.”

Dr Chombo said the tour was meant for the Government to understand why the buildings had not been completed and to ensure their completion as quickly as possible.

He said the Government was wasting a lot of money in renting, when it had some buildings that had not been completed.

Dr Chombo and his team toured incomplete construction projects at medical doctors’ flats at Parirenyatwa Hospital, Tomlinson Police Training Depot, University of Zimbabwe Research Support Centre, the new Central Registry Offices, the new Criminal Investigations Department headquarters and the new Government Complex.

Dr Chombo said Government was committed to providing decent accommodation to civil servants.

“I am impressed with the progress of these projects we have funded ourselves and we hope they are completed soon because as Government we want to provide accommodation and cushion our junior doctors from paying exorbitant rentals,” he said.

Minister Chombo said the block of flats at Parirenyatwa Hospital, which accommodates at least 51 doctors, was nearing completion.

On the police project at Tomlinson Depot, Dr Chombo said his ministry would source US$3,5 million required to complete construction.

“This block of flats which houses at least 91 police officers should be completed,” said Dr Chombo. “We will have to source for the funds and ensure that it is completed.”

Dr Chombo had earlier toured another block of flats already occupied by medical staff at Parirenyatwa Hospital and the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences Research Support Centre.

Source : The Herald