RA will not pay for building repairs

10 April 2018 | Government

Roads Authority CEO Conrad Lutombi says the RA will not pay for any repairs to the southern wing of its newly constructed building and that persons liable for any repairs will have to cough up for work at the building.

Lutombi made the comments at a media engagement held by newly appointed works minister John Mutorwa yesterday. With repair work estimated to cost N$29 million as was reported recently, Lutombi said the RA would not fund the repairs.

“At the end, the contractors will pay … not government or the RA. We have taken to measures to ensure that,” Lutombi said.

“We can confirm that the building is safe. We have started with remedial work. What has been published [in Namibian Sun] was not a crack … the building is safe.”

“We did not want to take a chance until the building is safe,” he said. A report would also be shared with Namibian Sun to prove that the building would not present any risk to its occupants Lutombi said.

At present, only the first and third floors of the southern wing are occupied while all floors of the northern wing are occupied.

It was recently reported that cracks were discovered on the first floor of the southern wing while repairs were made.

“It was a cautionary measure from our side, and we needed to be sure there is nothing wrong with it. So far, the southern wing has been occupied, the IT and engineering departments are already there; just not on the affected floor,” he was quoted as saying by The Namibian.

The seven-storey building was constructed by Namibia Construction with two basement levels and is located on the south-easterly corner of the intersection of David Hosea Meroro Road and Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue. Bicon Consulting Engineers and Project Managers were the consulting engineers.

OGONE TLHAGE

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