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Lack of materials delays Bukoba water project

LACK of construction materials, including bricks, has delayed completion of a water project at Nyakato Ward, some 15 kilometres from Bukoba town.

The water project commenced in December, 2020 and was expected to have been completed by February, this year.

Bukoba District Rural Water and Sanitation Authority (RUWASA), Engineer Severin Rugemalira told reporters that lack of construction materials including bricks and water pipes, delayed completion of the project to supply clean water to Bulugo village.

However, he promised that plans were underway to procure the materials through government tender system, adding that the water project will be completed by June 30th, this year.

Earlier this year, the late President John Magufuli praised the residents of Nyakato Ward for offering over ten hectares of land freely- without demanding compensation, for the construction of the vocational training centre.

In appreciation, he directed the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Water to ensure that they provide electricity and clean water to the villagers.

He commended the governments of China and the United Kingdom (UK), for supporting Tanzania in various key sectors including education, health and the infrastructure.

He showered the praise during his tour in the region after laying a foundation stone on a Vocational Education Training Centre (VETA) at Nyakato Ward, in Bukoba Municipal Council, which will cost over 22bn/- with support from China government.

Later, he inaugurated rehabilitated buildings at Ihungo Secondary School, a project which cost a total of 11.1bn/- with support from UK.

“When Tanzania approached the UK after the September 10, 2016 5.9 magnitude earthquake, they responded quickly by donating a total of 6.1bn/- for the rehabilitation of the school, while the Tanzania government contributed about 4.8bn/-. A friend in need is a friend indeed,” said the late president amid applause.

During her recent tour in the region, Deputy Minister for Water, Eng Maryprisca Mahundi inspected several water projects including the Rusumo Water Supply project, in Ngara District which is being implemented at a cost of 2.7bn/-, a loan from the World Bank (WB).

“This project is shrouded by corruption… I will personally make a close follow-up to know the exact costs. Some engineers under Ruwasa have been colluding with unfaithful consultants to steal the funds which is taxpayers’ money,” she said.

Eng Mahundi cited a project where unnamed Consultant claimed it will cost over 40bn/- but later the project was completed at 500m/- using the Force Account.

She explained that the sixth phase government under President Samia Suluhu Hassan was keen to ensuring that all villages get clean and safe water.

She also appealed to Tanzanians who access tap water to pay their bills promptly, to enable the water projects to be sustainable.

Eng Mahundi warned the workers to avoid setting water bills randomly to customers adding that she recently opposed EWURA’s plan of increasing water tarriffs until further notice when an evaluation team completes its task.

She further revealed that the government allocated over 117bn/- to 17 regions facing critical water shortages including Kagera Region which was allocated about 9.7bn/-.

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Author: MEDDY MULISA IN BUKOBA

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