The multi-storey building to house petty traders in Dar es Salaam, popularly known as the Machinga Complex, will be opened for use by the traders in the first quarter of 2010/2011 after all the preparations are complete, the government has stated.
The government on Tuesday distanced itself from reasons behind delays in its opening, saying the building had not yet been given to the traders due to delays in completion of its construction.
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) Celina Kombani told the House that the building was supposed to have been completed in September, 2008.
She said there were changes in the earlier building plan that showed the building would comprise three floors, adding that as the contractor was digging the foundation, other stakeholders proposed that it be five-storeyed.
“The building had to be redesigned to accommodate more traders, thus causing the delays,” she said.
The minister said after the construction work was completed, the building was handed over to the Dar es Salaam city authorities on behalf of the government on May 21, this year.