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Roads Authority board under scrutiny

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TAKING ACTION—Hara

Minister of Transport and Public Works Hon Jacob Hara MP has instituted a one-man team of inquiry to scrutinise the competence of Roads Authority (RA) board.

The task, to be completed in 14 days beginning Friday, has been assigned to Ralph Mhone, a private practice lawyer.

In an interview, Hara, through his assistant Kelvin Sato, said the decision to question the competency of the board follows series of decisions made by the board.

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“The Minister in accordance with section 16(1) of the Roads Authority Act) appointed Ralph Mhone SC as a Board of Inquiry to look at the competence of the Roads Authority Board and report back within in 14 days. So, the senior counsel has been appointed to look at some of the decisions the board has been making,” he said.

Sato said it does not matter to have one man in an inquiry but “getting the fact of the matter is what is important.”

In a separate interview Friday, Mhone confirmed the appointment.

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“All I can say is that the appointing authority has seen it wise that I should help in this public duty and I am prepared to do it.

“Of course, I have not seen the terms of references but if the appointing authority has seen it that the task could be accomplished within the stipulated number of days then it would be done,” he said.

The Roads Authority board is chaired by Joe Ching’ani, who is deputised by Byson Mpando. Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa, Boniface Dulani, Senior Chief Malemia and Evans Kafandiya are some of the members.

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