By Thandie Chadzandiyani

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has challenged the authorities to start prioritizing local contractors in the construction industry which is said to be dominated by the Chinese people.

CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa

This sentiment has come following the scrutinizing of the reports the authorities presented.

CDEDI’s Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa told the news conference on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in the capital Lilongwe that recent natural disasters in Malawi have exposed weaknesses of public infrastructure such as roads and bridges.

“RA has failed to make available a list of local companies that were subcontracted between 10 and 30 percent of the contract value, with proof of payment complete with the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) receipts as proof that tax was paid for the same”.

“This development vindicates earlier fears that some unpatriotic local contractors are selling their logos to mostly Chinese state sponsored construction companies to pose as if they were subcontractors in the projects’ implementation,” says Namiwa.

CDEDI therefore asked government to intervene on the rates to make sure that local contractors should work for a profit when subcontracted.

“What is deemed as poor workmanship is as a result of funding constraints leading to compromised designs aimed to achieve large volumes of work using limited funds, he added.

Therefore CDEDI has advised the government to turn to the East Africa model especially Uganda where governments challenge a contractor to do the design, construction and maintain the project for about 10 years before handing it over.

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