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Councillors reject engineer, DEO over poor performance

2nd May 2012

Councillors in Songea Municipal Council have rejected engineer Maximilian Kabairuka and district education officer (DEO) charged with secondary schools, Hanji Yusuph, claiming the duo did not qualify to hold the positions due to poor performance.

The two executives were rejected during the full council meeting on Monday held at the Council Hall.

Before there was a hot discussion whereby municipal deputy mayor Mariam Dizumba said the engineer had lost the capacity to supervise roads causing them to be constructed below standard.

"Honourable mayor, this engineer has proved inefficient in this municipality. Everything he does is substandard, just look at the Majengo Road, a grader scrapped the surface and the compressor came over without even wetting the ground first," she said.

She cited another example of a joining section between Subira and Lizaboni wards, whose construction tender was announced since early last year but only started last March, while there was no explanation for the delay.

She challenged councillors to be strict to Eng Kabairuki saying the government put a lot of money in road construction and it was everybody's duty to ensure the money was wisely spent and whatever it produced reflected the real value for money.

For his part, Ndilimalitembo ward councillor Wilson Kapinga said road conditions in the municipality were poor, even the paved ones, and that people were complaining about them.

He cited examples of roads constructed not so long ago and yet they had started having potholes, while decorating marks had already gotten lost, saying the road was the one to Mahenge ward.

As for the secondary education municipal officer, a motion to reject him was moved by Lilambo ward councillor Yobo Mapunda, who claimed the officer had caused education standards to fall in the municipality because of his poor performance and that he was not in good terms with colleagues including teachers.

Mayor Charles Mhagama said he agreed with the arguments presented and decided to discuss the allegations raised against the two executives and at the end they decided to reject them, saying they should not work in the council.

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