Ubungo Member of Parliament (Chadema) John Mnyika has said that he will move a private motion with a view to a parliamentary resolution on the water and sanitation problems facing Ubungo constituency and Dar es Salaam city in general.
In a statement issued yesterday, Mnyika said his decision to seek for parliamentary intervention originated from the fact that the ministry of Water had declined to respond to his letters for the past one year, thus resorting to writing to the Clerk to the National Assembly. He hoped the motion would be moved during the meeting due to begin in Dodoma on June 12.
Mnyika says his action resulted from the ministry’s failure to respond to a call he made on May 20 to minister Jumanne Maghembe, urging him to give a public statement on how the ministry was going to find a solution to the water blues.
He said minister Maghembe had just returned from a tour of water sources at Ruvu Chini and Ruvu Juu and as he held a meetig with Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority (DAWASA) and Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation(DAWASCO).
“I decided to issue a public statement then due to inefficiency at the Water ministry as they did not respond to my letters in a year,” he said.
Mnyika said the sought ministerial action included what he referred to as a national scandal that occurred between 2003 and 2010 during which the government implemented a Water Supply and Sanitation Project (DWSSP) in Dar es Salaaam and some parts of Bagamoyo and Kibaha districts at a cost of $164.6 but currently the project, commonly known as the Chinese project, was yet to become operational in most areas.
“Secondly, I need a special programme for the improvement of the water supply and sewerage system in Dar es Salaam that was formulated in March 2011 to be submitted in the House and sufficient funds be allocated to it during the 2012/13 financial year and its implementation be tracked by a parliamentary system instead of pledges given during tours,” noted Mnyika.
The MP also said he wanted explanation on the time frame to end the water problems. The said the plan that was supposed to have been completed back in October 2011 included drilling of 24 water wells but was yet to be completed.
Mnyika also called for the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) to release a report on the value-for-money audit on the Dar es Salaam-Bagamoyo–Kibaha project by reviewing a technical audit done by Howard Humphreys.