Govt’s abandoned projects – The Namibian

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A report by the Ministry of Works and Transport has revealed that poor contract administration, cash-flow issues and an absence of technical capability from contractors are among the many the reason why greater than 43 authorities capital tasks have been deserted.

The report, compiled in 2020 and obtained by The Namibian, discovered that tasks value N$990 million have been deserted, a few of which have been abandoned after contractors obtained their first cost.

Minister of works and transport John Mutorwa has defended the federal government and laid the blame on contractors.

“Capital tasks are usually not placed on maintain by the federal government, however (are) not accomplished on time, primarily by contractors,” he stated in a written response to The Namibian.

In accordance with the report, a lot of the deserted tasks have been important initiatives positioned largely within the poor areas.


The renovation of the Keetmanshoop hospital was halted in July 2016 as a result of the contractor concerned allegedly lacked the technical experience and was experiencing monetary issues. The challenge was valued at N$23 million.

Minister of well being and social providers Kalumbi Shangula says a brand new contractor was appointed for the completion of Keetmans­hoop Hospital’s tuberculosis ward.

He says the location was handed over to a brand new contractor on 26 April 2022.

“Specialist set up was awarded to specialist service suppliers. The completion of the challenge is anticipated for the tip of July. The bodily progress is at 82%,” he says.

The development of Shamaturu Clinic within the Kavango East area at a price of N$13 million was additionally deserted as a result of concerned contractor’s cash-flow issues, the report states.

Shangula says a brand new contractor was appointed to finish the challenge.

“The positioning was handed over on 9 June 2022, and completion is anticipated in the direction of the tip of this month. Bodily progress is at 72%,” he says.
In 2019, a contractor deserted the upgrading of the Schlip clinic within the Hardap area, as a result of he owed subcontractors cash.
The challenge price N$1,2 million.

In accordance with the well being ministry, it commenced the method of termination of the contract in 2019 as a result of contractor’s non-performance.
There was a disagreement with the contractor, which was resolved by mediation.

“The arbitration course of was concluded on 19 April this 12 months. The ministry has henceforth put out a bid invitation for … a brand new contractor,” Shangula says.

The development of a brand new clinic and employees lodging for the well being ministry at Onanghulo within the Ohangwena area at a price of N$9 million was deserted in 2019 as a result of contractor’s insufficient technical capability and cash-flow points, the report says.

In accordance with the well being ministry, the contract for the development of a brand new clinic, employees lodging, and associated providers commenced on 1 September 2016 and was terminated in 2022.

“The bodily progress at termination was 59%. The ministry marketed the tender, which closed on 22 Could this 12 months. The method is on the analysis stage,” the minister says.

Shangula says the unfinished tasks have had a detrimental impression on members of the general public in want of healthcare and has pushed them to journey far for these providers.

He says the delayed implementation of tasks ends in the underspending of the ministry’s funds, and that the unspent funds can’t be used to develop different deliberate services.


The development of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform’s workplaces and employees lodging at Omundaungilo within the Ohangwena area was deserted in 2015 as a result of contractor’s failure to deal with faulty work after sensible completion, the report states.

The challenge required no less than N$350 000 to finish.

The development of veterinary employees lodging at Ndiyona village and Ncaute village within the Kavango East area, in addition to the development of a veterinary clinic, workplaces, and employees lodging at Okahao, have been each deserted as a result of authorities’s delay in paying contractors.

The Ndiyona challenge required no less than N$1,4 million to finish, the Ncaute challenge required N$2,8 million, and the Okahao challenge N$11 million.

At Ondangwa, the development of a state veterinary clinic and laboratories for the agriculture ministry was deserted in 2017 resulting from insufficient technical capability and the contractor’s cash-flow issues.

At the least N$68 million is required to finish the challenge.
Agriculture ministry spokesperson Jona Musheko says the ministry is working to finish all tasks as quickly as attainable.
He says the tasks have been initiated as a result of offering farmers with high quality providers is crucial.


The development of the Ohangwena Schooling Directorate at Eenhana was deserted in 2019. It wanted N$52 million to be accomplished.

The challenge was deserted as a result of contractor’s insufficient technical capability. The contractor’s service was formally terminated on 24 April.

The constructing of recent hostels nationwide and at Schuckmannsburg for the Ministry of Schooling, Arts and Tradition within the Zambezi area was deserted in 2019.

N$68 million was required to finish this challenge, which was deserted as a result of contractor’s insufficient technical capability, the report states.

The insufficient technical capability and cash-flow problems with the contractor for the development and upgrading of the decrease courtroom at Katima Mulilo at a price of N$3,9 million led to this challenge’s abandonment too.


The report additional states {that a} challenge to assemble 326 homes at a price of N$45 million in Windhoek was deserted in 2017.

The challenge couldn’t proceed as a result of the land was serviced just for single homes and was later densified to multi-storey residences.

The Ministry of City and Rural Growth says the nation has an estimated housing backlog of round 300 000 models, of which 84 000 models are wanted in Windhoek.

“The providers should be redesigned to suit what’s constructed on website and approval of the design of the Metropolis of Windhoek based mostly on new township planning,” the report states.

Govt director of works and transport Esther Kaapanda says her ministry is not the custodian of the federal government’s capital tasks.

“The procurement of works for the execution of presidency capital tasks have been positioned within the custody of the respective line ministries,” she says.

Data from the works ministry signifies that contracts for no less than 153 authorities capital tasks have been awarded between 2012 and 2014.

Out of those tasks solely 54 have been reportedly efficiently accomplished between 2016 and 2019.

//Kharas Regional Council chairperson Joseph Isaacks says the federal government’s lack of accountability on these tasks has contributed to the intense poverty within the south.

“Many of the selections relating to the tasks positioned this facet are made in Windhoek. We now have no management over [them].

“We’d like supervisors (at native authorities) who might measure the challenge and forestall these sorts of points,” he says.

Isaacks says the pattern of not involving councillors in decision-making has led to the squandering of state sources by these deserted tasks.

Supply: namibian

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