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127.5m/- water project fails after only 3 days

4th May 2012
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Prof Mark Mwandosya

A water project worth 127.5m/- at Ving'hawe ward, Mpwapwa district produced water for only three days before it failed.

Investigations carried out recently showed that the project, launched in 2008 by Prof Mark Mwandosya, the Minister for Water, operated for a few days of the first week of inauguration before it developed technical faults.

Interviewed, residents in the area alleged that there were possibilities that staff in the District Water Department embezzled funds that were set aside for the project through procurement of shoddy machines and equipment.

Ving'hawe ward councillor Dickson Mihuwi confirmed presence of the problem, promising to make follow up to it in order to find a lasting solution.

He said that even people in his ward had started losing confidence in their local leaders, believing that they had let them down due to their failure to monitor community development projects.

Mpwapwa district council chairperson Alexander Nyaulingo said couldn’t comment on the matter, arguing that the project was commissioned, completed and failed before his election.

He pointed an accusing finger towards supervisors of the project, saying it was possible there was mismanagement of funds by a few dishonest local executives. When the District Executive Director, Robert Kitimbo, was asked about the project, he said he was not in a position to give a comment about the project. He said that the district engineer was the one to give the explanation.

For his part, Mpwapwa district water engineer Omary Mazola confirmed that there was a problem, explaining that it was only the generator that was not working. He said the malfunctioning of the generator caused the project to fail.

However, he refuted claims that the project only produced water for three days, saying it run for one full year before the generator failed.

Mazola said measures were being taken to address the problem.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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