The National Construction Industry Council of Malawi (NCIC) has issued stop orders in 10 cases that involved construction works where owners did not involve contractors or a consultant for supervision purposes.
Among the cases, some private entities and individuals made use of unregistered contractors.
As such, the council has since warned against the use of unregistered firms, use of burnt bricks and unsafe working conditions when engaging in construction works.
In a statement issued by chief executive officer Linda Phiri, NCIC has since warned stakeholders and players in the industry, as well as the public, to always check against unregistered firms carrying out construction works in Malawi.
“NCIC went ahead and issued stop orders to each of the concerned construction projects/ clients – stopping all construction works. They have been advised to engage duly registered contractors and consultants in order for the stop order to be lifted,” the statement reads.
The legal framework requires that a client (owner of a construction project) – whether public or private, engage registered contractors and consultants when seeking to undertake construction works.
The law further forbids the use of traditionally/firewood cured/ burnt bricks on any commercial or public project.
Furthermore, the law empowers NCIC to ensure that all construction works in the country are being carried out under safe conditions for all workers involved in construction works, the statement reads.