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UNDP was tasked by the Ministry of Health with the design and construction of the regional pharmaceutical warehouses (hubs) and installation of specialist equipment in Mansa (Luapula Province), Mpika (Muchinga Province) and Chipata (Eastern Province) by UNDP, funded by Zambia Government/GFTAM.
UNDP signed the original Cost Sharing Agreement (CSA) for these works with the Ministry of Health in April 2017. UNDP conducted the international competitive process and signed 3 contracts for the works with the contractors on 18th July 2017 respectively. The contract start date was 18th July 2017 with the initial expected completion date of 15th December 2017. All four hubs were completed and handed over to MSL to start operations, while maintaining Defects Liability Periods to address the remaining snags. The Hubs in Mansa and Choma went through the Defects Liability Periods successfully and final acceptance and handover took place in 2019, but this was not the case for the hubs in Chipata and Mpika.
The Chipata hub was fully handed over on 31st May 2018 and MSL began operations on 1st July 2018. The initial Defects Liability Period (DLP) period ran until 30 June 2019, but UNDP further extended the DLP up to 30 June 2020 for failure by the contractor to cater for the works being undertaken by the specialist contractors.
Mpika hub handover experienced further delays and was only fully handed over on 29th October 2018 and MSL began operations on 1st November 2018. The facility was commissioned by the Republican President on 8th April, 2019. The initial Defects Liability Period (DLP) period ran until 31 October 2019, UNDP further extended the Defects Liability Period (DLP) up to 30 June, 2020 for failure by the contractor to deal with incidences of repair to the dock leveler and also to cater for the works being undertaken by the specialist contractors.