Julius Mandaliza Phiri and
Henry Kashoki Nsofwa
December 16, 2012
Eastern Water and Sewerage Company Limited scooped a K10 million award for the best performing Commercial Utility in Peri-urban category and the Company was also recognized for excellence in performance in metering ratio and hours of supply.
The award and certificates were received at the launch of Urban and Peri- Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Report 2011 and 2012 in Lusaka at Intercontinental Hotel.
Managing Director, Wamuwi Changani received the award and certificates on behalf of the Company.
After receiving the award and certificates, the Managing Director attributed the achievements to team work and looked forward to receiving the overall award if staff continued working together.
Speaking at the launch of the Sector report, Minister of Local Government and Housing, Emerine Kabanshi said the launch of the report was very critical as it enabled commercial utilities to reflect on their contribution to the improvement of the provision of clean and safe drinking water and proper sanitation services.
The Minister said the launch also provided an opportunity to evaluate strategies in the sector and deal with the challenges that are being experienced in service delivery. She said it was the priority of the government to improve the provision of clean and safe drinking water and sanitation throughout the country.
The launch was attended by all Commercial Utilities Chief Executives and their Public Relations Managers and Officers.
Eastern Water and Sewerage Company Limited is looking forward to having a fully-fledged procurement department in order for the Company to be certified by Zambia Public Procurement Authority.
Managing Director, Wamuwi Changani said this when he officially opened a two day procurement workshop for Head office Management staff and tender committee members at Eastern Comfort Lodge on 20th September 2012.
Changani said that he was happy that the workshop was taking place as this was part of the fulfillment of the strategic plan of the company .
Changani said the procurement department was still in its infancy stage and for this reason needed to be strengthened. He said the Company was depending on the Ministry of Local Government and Housing to tender any procurement above K500 million.
He looked forward to the situation where the Company would be able to handle big procurements.
He, therefore called on the staff and tender committee members to take the workshop seriously as the success of the workshop de-pended on their participation.
“Let us put in all we can so that we can achieve our objectives,” he said.
He further urged the staff to share the skills with district staff so that even districts staff could have the same information.
Giving a vote of thanks , Tender Committee member, Davies Mwanamoya thanked the Zambia Public Procurement facilitators for the skills imparted in the participants. Mwanamoya said the skills received had made it clear on how the tender and evaluation committees were supposed to be working. He said with the skills given the tender Committee would handle tender procedures professionally.