The Road Development Agency has made a part payment of about K10 million to Italian construction company Fratelli Locci in order to retrieve vehicles which were confiscated last week.

Locci, through the Bailiff’s office on Wednesday last week stormed the RDA headquarters where they confiscated eight Toyota SUVs after winning a court case against the agency.

But sources at RDA explained that management authorized the payment of about K10 million on Thursday to get back the vehicles.

“The driver’s went to get back the cars on Thursday. We have paid I think K10 million, but we are still owing about K14 million,” the source said.

“There is an agreement made on payments, so the bailiffs have released the vehicles.”

The source however disclosed that there was a blame game at the agency over the mishandling of the matter.

“Others are pointing fingers at [former chief executive] Mr Chiwala, while others are blaming late president [Michael] Sata. But the point is that the contract was mishandled and the agency is going to lose a lot of money,” said the source.