Lusaka, 29 November, 2020 / 3:24 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Zambia-based Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) have called on the government of their host nation to carry out the follow-up phase of previously initiated development projects and ensure accountability in all sectors of the economy.
In a press statement sent to ACI Africa Thursday, November 26, the leadership of JCTR’s Social and Economic Development Program note that the follow-up phase is important now as the country is experiencing many socio-economic challenges.
“The nation currently faces many socio-economic challenges. The need to ensure adequate accountability mechanisms and follow on actions, therefore, remains critical in curbing the misuse of government resources,” JCTR leadership says in the November 24 statement signed by the Social and Economic Development Program Manager, Chama Bowa-Mundia.
The leadership of the Lusaka-based research institution highlights the case of a police station in Zambia’s Northwestern Province that is yet to be completed years after the contractor was paid in full to work on the precinct.
They disclose, “Findings from a social audit led by the JCTR, revealed that in 2012, the Government engaged a contractor to construct a police station in Chavuma at a cost of K1.3 Million. The contractor later abandoned the site.”