THE Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) has suspended the licence of a construction company, Stalwart Investment whose shoddy works resulted in the loss of life.
Stalwart Investments has been handed a 60-day suspension and will be expected to appear before the EIZ Disciplinary Committee.
The company’s suspension comes after structures they were erecting at Chanda Mall in Lusaka’s Makeni area crumbled and killed one person.
After investigations, it was found that the company failed to adequately plan the work design, used decayed support structure coupled with inaccurate installation.
In a statement to Kalemba today, Engineering Registration Board Chairperson, Eng. Dr. Michael Nsefu, said this action is in pursuant of the EIZ Act No. 17 of 2010, under section 24.
Nsefu noted that the technical report further revealed that the construction works and design did not meet the structural integrity of the building and hence the collapse.
“As an institution, we are extremely saddened by the loss of life during this construction. These are the dangers that come with delivering substandard work at the expense of innocent citizens. This is not only detrimental to the engineering sector, but to the infrastructure development of the country as a whole.
“We are therefore sending a stern warning to all Engineering Organisations and Engineering Professionals undertaking engineering works that we will not tolerate professional misconduct, and anyone found wanting will be brought to book,” said Nsefu.
And to ensure that such a mistake is never repeated, Nsefu reminded all engineering professionals and organisations that professional misconduct will result in a licence being revoked and/or punishment as enshrined in the EIZ Act No 17 of 2010.
He said the institution’s commitment to regulate and promote the engineering profession, reiterating that there are engineering standards that set clear performance and enables innovation without compromising confidence in the standards achieved.
“Our call to the public is not to engage anyone practicing engineering works without a licence, and to report any suspicious acts of professional misconduct to the nearest police station or to the engineering institution of Zambia,” said Nsefu.
By Buumba Mwitumwa
Kalemba August 28, 2023