9.8bn/- to improve water supply in Mtwara

MTWARA: THE government has allocated 9.8bn/- for the implementation of seven water projects in Mtwara and Tandahimba Districts in Mtwara Region.

The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) Regional Manager Engineer Primy Damas revealed that on Tuesday, adding that the projects are expected to benefit 67,149 citizens in 35 villages.

Mr Damas said the projects will also increase water accessibility by 17 per cent in Tandahimba District and 5.8 per cent in Mtwara District.

Mr Damas was speaking during the event to sign contracts for the implementation of the projects. He said two out of the seven projects will be implemented in Tandahimba and the remaining five in Mtwara District.

He named the projects to be implemented in Tandahimba as Nanyuwila-Maundo water project worth 5.9bn/-. The project would benefit 39,426 citizens.

Another project to be implemented in Tandahimba is Chitoholi worth 1.4bn/-, the project is expected to benefit 10, 947 citizens.

The five water projects to be implemented in Mtwara Districts include Makome-Mnyundo Mwatehi worth 1bn/-, Mahuranga worth 804m/-, Dihimba for 672m/-, Ngonja-Navikole worth 476m/-, and Mayembe-Mchenje worth 428m/-.

Mtwara Regional Commissioner Colonel Ahmed Abbas directed RUWASA, and District Commissioners to strictly coordinate and monitor the implementation of the projects to ensure the value for money.

“The district leaders and the ‘Wananchi’ have a big role to play towards ensuring the projects are completed on time considering the value for money,” he said and asked the contractors to start implementing the projects and complete them as scheduled.

Meanwhile, RUWASA in Mtwara is implementing three other water projects namely Makonde worth 84bn/-, Ruvuma-Mangaka valued at 38bn/-, Mnyawi-Nanyamba water project worth 5.6b/-. He said the implementation of Makonde water projects has been completed by 10 per cent.

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