Deputy Minister of Lands Deus Gumba has bemoaned delays to complete 10 houses for police officers in Mwanza District.
He expressed the sentiments on Wednesday when he toured the project site to appreciate progress of the houses.
“It is sad to note that the completion of the houses has delayed by two months despite government paying the contractor. I fear further delay will affect the government’s plan,” said Gumba.
He urged Palms and Malbro Construction company to speed up the construction work.
Mwanza Central legislator Nicholas Dausi of Democratic Progressive Party said police officers need houses closer to their duty stations.
“Some officers rent houses far away from their station and that affects their work,” he said.
In an interview Palms and Malbro Construction company site supervisor Takula Kamodzi attributed the delay to slow supply of construction materials by their suppliers.
“The materials are delivered in small quantities due to logistical challenges faced by our suppliers,” he said.
Government set July 31 2022 as the second deadline for completing the project after it missed the first deadline of December 31 2021.
The police staff houses in the district are being constructed under the first phase of constructing 10 000 houses for officers of Malawi Police Service, Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services, Malawi Prison Services and Malawi Defence Force.