Government through the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappies Mhango, said it will revoke licenses to contractors that are producing substandard works in Malawi.
Mhango made the remarks in Blantyre last week, when he was launching the construction of Mlombozi and Nasundu Bridges in the area of Traditional Authority Makata and Somba.
According to Mhango, Government will not entertain such contractors because they are wasting Government resources and are enemies to the Malawi’s development.
Apart from maintaining top standard quality, Mhango said Government will also make sure that delivery of the services are within the stipulated time frames and budgets.
“As Government, we know that some contractors are doing shoddy work, therefore we shall punish such constructors by having their licenses withdrawn,” said Mhango.
The Minister also asked the contractors to take note that once licenses are revoked, the contractors will never have the chance to apply for another project.
“Government is tired of entertaining contractors who promise to offer high quality services, but end up building substandard structures which were not durable,” he said.
Mhango said Government believes that when constructors are doing shoddy work, it means that there was an element of fraud and contractors will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
Recently, President Peter Mutharika also warned that he would deal with these kind of contractors, especially in the road development sector.
In his remarks, Charles Pheleni, Managing Director of CLP Civil Engineering, who was contracted to construct Mlombozi Bridge, assured Government that his company will not disappoint the Government.