The contractors disclosed that they were owed K200 million with government only paying foreign contractors.
Group representative Isaac Kanyika said that government had announced that it had released K148, 000 for small scale contractors but the Ministry of Finance had allegedly opted to only pay foreign contractors.
“The problem that we have is that we the small scale contractors are the largest employers in Zambia and we all know and have been hearing people talk about local contractors not performing and not doing a good job, these are some of the reasons. Funds have been released and paid to foreigners who are going on industrial break,” he said.
“Imagine if it’s them the workers from NRFA or the Ministry of Infrastructure who are not paid for just 10 days the way they complain but for us for the past 10 months we have not been paid. What are our workers eating? This is the main reason we have been pressurized by our workers they want their money to buy the farming inputs,” Kanyika said.
Kanyika has disclosed that over 2000 contractors have not been paid their dues.
Kanyika and his team were expected to have a meeting with NRFA on December 21 at 09:00 hours.