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•	Consultants and Contractors at the Vendor Rating Workshop in Lusaka yesterday

The Road Development Agency has carried out a review of the Vendor Rating System (VRS) a tool introduced by the Agency over two years ago to monitor the performance of Contractors and Consultants engaged in road projects countrywide.

The Vendor Rating system was introduced by RDA in 2013 to measure, analyse and document past and current performance of all consultants and contractors in order to achieve the best performance of projects in the road sector.

Speaking at a review meeting of the Vendor Rating System held at Southern Sun Hotel in Lusaka yesterday, RDA Director & Chief Executive Officer Eng. Bernard Chiwala said that the Vendor Rating system apart from ensuring that vendors engaged by the Agency performed to required standard was also a tool for encouraging continuous improvement among the vendors.

Eng. Chiwala told the gathering that government had attached great importance to the development of infrastructure particularly roads adding that the onus was on RDA and the stakeholders to ensure that public resources were not wasted as a result of poor quality management systems which sometimes lead to sub-standard roads being constructed. He said that RDA on its part had taken a step to include Vendor Rating clauses in the solicitation documents to encourage good performance from vendors.

“It is the desire of the RDA to receive feedback from our vendors on the Vendor Rating System, which has now been in use for the past two (2) years, hence this meeting. Further, the Agency will take advantage of this gathering to share with you our expectations of you regarding this system in order to keep you abreast of the current performances and expectations of the Agency, “he said.

Eng. Chiwala called for stakeholder support of the Vendor Rating System saying it needed to be fully embraced and supported by all contractors and consultants if the program was to realise its objectives.

And speaking at the same occasion, RDA Director Planning has allayed fears that the Vendor Rating System was meant to punish contractors and consultants. Eng. Mulusa said that the system was meant to correct vendors and help them attain continuous improvement in their work. Mr. Mulusa was responding to a question raised by one of the participants on how objective the vendor rating system was. There has been a general feeling among contractors and consultants that the Vendor Rating System could be subjective because it was being done by RDA officers.

RDA Senior Manager Monitoring and Evaluation, John Kapenda, encouraged contractors and consultants to work hard and co-operate with the RDA officers who were visiting them for rating. He said the Vendor Rating System was still being perfected and would soon address all the concerns raised by the vendors.

Some of the concerns raised by the vendors were that most of vendors did not receive feedback of the ratings on time and that there were no incentives for the vendors who are performing well. They also submitted that the VRS was punitive and not educative.


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Paving works at Embassy Park (l) and Freedom Statue in Lusaka


The Road Development Agency (RDA) under Pave Zambia Road Project has commenced paving works at Lusaka’s Freedom Statue in Kamwala and the Presidential Burial Site Embassy Park opposite Cabinet Office.

Senior Manager Pave Zambia Eng. George Manyele disclosed in an interview recently that RDA had embarked on paving of important public areas in order to maintain a good environment for historical sites within the City of Lusaka. Eng. Manyele said to this effect, RDA had started paving the surrounding of the two sites and paving works had reached an advanced stage.

He said paving at Freedom Statue was at 52% complete while the Presidential Burial Site was at 38% complete. The two projects started on 18th October, 2014. Eng. Manyele said works at the Freedom Statue include a 2 km walk way. TIBZ Construction is carrying out works at the Freedom Statue at a cost of K2, 731, 500.02 while works at the Embassy Park are being undertaken by Goldline Pavers Ltd at the cost of K1, 401, 300.30.

“The Freedom statue surrounding was paved just before 24th October, 2014 while the contractor is now completing the paving of the opposite carpark before proceeding to work on the walk ways. Extra works will be granted to the contractor to line and cover the middle drain,” Eng. Manyele said.

He further disclosed that the scope of works at the Embassy Park was paving of the two car parks and walk way. Paver laying on the Eastern car park  is being concluded.

Meanwhile, the construction of roads using pavers has resumed in Chawama compound with 350 meters paved out of 1 kilometer of Road 5. The Road Development Agency RDA has awarded a contract to Kuselwa Construction Limited to pave 1km of Road 5 in the Township.

“The Scope of works includes laying of kerb stones and paving of 1.0Km of Road 5 where kerb stones have been laid on a stretch of 0.4 km. Paver laying has been done on a stretch of 350m while a section of 50m on this road needs to be raised before paving it because it is water logged.

And site Contract Manager Mr. Davies Kanyanta said, the project commenced on 23 December, 2014 at a total cost of   K 1.044 million and was expected to be completed on 3rd February 2015.

“We started the works in December 2014 and as you know its rain season the works are a bit slow though we are on course and we are expected to complete the works in February 2015,” he said. Kuswela Construction Limited has engaged 67 local people of Chawama and Kuku particularly youths.

And a local resident Mr. Mathews Mubanga has thanked the Government and RDA for considering Chawama in the construction of the Road 5. Mr. Mubanga who spoke in Nyanja also thanked the local contractor for engaging a number of youths in construction works. He appealed to motorists’ especially local taxi drivers to be conscience on the roads that were being paved because townships where densely populated.

Part of the paved section of Road 5 in Chawama township


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Completed section of the Mbala Nakonde Road in Northern Province


Road Development Agency (RDA) Vice Board Chairperson Phidelia Sichone Mwaba has said she is impressed with the progress that has been recorded on various road works in Muchinga Province where 60 kilometer of Chama Matumbo Road has been completed.

Speaking when she conducted a familiarization tour of the road projects in the Province recently, Mrs. Mwaba who led a team of other board RDA officials in inspecting the works said it was good to appreciate what the Agency was doing in the province. She expressed satisfaction with the quality of works and the pace at which the contractors are carrying out works.

Mrs. Mwaba stated that apart from creating job opportunities for local people, the roads would generally open up the area for economic development. She further commended contractors engaged in upgrading of road works for the quality of works exhibited so far despite facing challenges such as cutting the mountains to reduce the slope on the road.

Deputy Permanent Secretary for Muchinga Province Nsofwa Chanda said he is happy with the road projects being run in the province and requested contractors through RDA to speed up the works. He stated that the province has so much economic potential which needed to be expanded.

Projects visited included the Chama-Matumbo road which is expected to be completed in December this year. The 115 kilometres stretch, which is being constructed from the great north road in Shiwang’andu district to Chama district across the Luangwa bridge will gobble K399 million. The works are being executed by China Jiangxi Corporation. The project commenced in December, 2012 for a period of thirty six (36) months with a completion date of 14th December 2015.

Completed Section of Chama Matumbo Road
Mrs. Mwaba observed that the road was important to the country as it links Muchinga and Eastern provinces thereby opening up business and tourism opportunities in the two regions.
She stated that once completed, the road will allow farmers in Matumbo to access market for their farm produce and further give ease access to tourists from the neighbouring Tanzania to Mfuwe and Luangwa National park.
And Zulu Burrow Development Consultant Assistant Resident Engineer David Sefelino assured the board members and RDA officials that the project will be completed on time. He promised that 115 kilometers will be completed immediately after the rains this year adding that the delay was due to the industrial break taken during the festive season coupled by the commencement of the rainy season.
Meanwhile, the RDA Director for Construction and Rehabilitation Kanyuka Mumba expressed happiness that the contractor was following specifications and was working according to schedule.
The entourage also inspected the Safwa- Chinsali- Mulilansolo Road which is also being upgraded to bituminous level by Sinohydro at a cost of ZMW 295, 906,766.36. The road links Northern and Muchinga Provinces and also Chinsali and Isoka Districts.