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February 28, 2020

Kundiawa: Incomplete Road Project Probe

Member for Kundiawa Gembogl, Tobias Kulang, has called for an independent preliminary audit into the upgrading and sealing of the Kundiawa to Gema road.

The member has accused the contractor, the Department of Works, and the development partner, for this failed project.


The contract has lapsed its completion date and only 50% of the K25 million project is complete.


The 10 kilometres of road from Kundiawa to Gema is worth K25 million.


Eighteen million of that was already paid to the contractor, however, the project is half complete and the member is frustrated about the incomplete project.


Completion date of the project was supposed to be in October of last year, however, the contractor has failed to meet that date and now the member has engaged an independent team to carry out a preliminary audit.


Kulang says this is one example of many incomplete projects in the country and those responsible should be held accountable.


Based on the findings of the preliminary audit, the member will call for a full audit into the project to establish why it was not delivered on time.


The Kundiawa Gema road upgrade and sealing was funded through an Asian Development Bank loan and the member believes the development partner has an important role in assessing the performance of the contractor.


Mr. Kulang says any work done by the contractor after 13th October 2013 is outside the terms of contract which is a breach of contract.


Late last year, the member assaulted a senior executive of the construction company, the contractor, for delays in delivering the project.


Mr. Kulang also said there were variations in the cost of the project which brings the project cost to K4.3 million per kilometre.

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