Local contractors cry foul over contracts

The Road Development Agency (RDA) has failed to implement government’s policy dictating that indigenous Zambian contractors should benefit 20 percent through subcontracting on every contract awarded to foreign contracting companies.

Local contractors have expressed disappointment on the failure by RDA to implement the policy that could have seen a lot of Zambian contractors get empowered by getting 20 percent of all the contracts awarded to foreign companies.

One of the local owned construction company who did not want to be named complained that as much as government would want to empower the local people RDA was frustrating indigenous contractors by failing to implement the policy that was announced by government.

The Citizens Economic Empowerment Act o 9 of 2006, whose overall goal was to contribute to sustainable economic development by building capacity in Zambian owned companies, was getting ignored as Zambians were not benefiting from the policy.