Gwembe town council rejects 100 school desks over poor quality


Gwembe Town Council in Southern Province has asked a contractor to re-work 100 desks so that they can meet the required specifications.

Gwembe Town Council Secretary, Maliwa Muchuu, revealed that they had rejected about 100 desks that were delivered by a named contractor due to poor quality.

Muchuu said this on Tuesday when Gwembe District Commissioner, Killian Chikandula, visited the Civic Center to inspect the desks and other ongoing projects.

He said the contractor failed to follow the contractual agreement of using bolts and nuts and proper varnishing, and instead used small screws.

“As a local authority, we planned to procure about 2,557 desks using the Constituency Development Fund. So far, more than half of this number has already been delivered and we are satisfied with their quality,” Muchuu said.

He said the Council had however, rejected these 100 desks because they do not meet the standards that was agreed upon and would not accept any use of poor materials to compromise the quality of the desks.

Muchuu also said that his office had requested the District Education Board Secretary’s office to submit the list of schools that would receive the desks.

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“We have written to them to give us the distribution list so that we can start delivering these desks to the schools that need them,” he said.

Delivering his official remarks, Chikandula expressed happiness that half of the 2,557 desks that have been procured have already been delivered.

He commended the council for its efforts to improve the learning environment in the district and further urged the contractor to rectify the defects on the rejected desks.

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