The minister made the order here on Monday during his meeting with the Kilimanjaro regional officials, saying the project, which had been delayed due to challenges of contractors, led the government to terminate their contracts.
The minister said that the contractor forged documents that led to the payment of the amount, after being arrested and interrogated by the state; he confessed to forging the documents and promised to return the money.
“This project started in 2014 but the contractor has failed to complete it on time and we have learned a lot through this project as having a head-to-head contractor is self-inflicted,” said Awesso.
He said that currently, the Ministry through its internal experts of the Dar es Salaam Water and Sanitation Authority (DAWASA) is continuing with some activities in the project including the installation of pipes from Kisangara-Kiverenge -Vudoi with a length of 70 kilometers where so far they have closed 44 kilometers.
He also directed the ministry’s executives to supervise and facilitate payment to all employees who were claiming their money in the project as well as NSSF benefits totaling 913.7m/- as it is their right to be paid.
In addition, the minister urged water experts in the project to stop sabotaging the project.
“For example in the Kisangara area, there is a report that 11 water pumps are needed for installation while in reality only 6 pumps are needed,” he cited.
The minister added that in the government budget 2021/22 the government has allocated 19bn/- to the Kilimanjaro region to end water problems.
The ministry’s Permanent Secretary Eng Anthony Sanga said the Same-Mwanga-Korogwe water project is one of the largest projects in the country costing 262bn/- and expected to benefit 438,820 citizens once completed.
Eng Sanga said the project is funded by the government with support from the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (Badea), the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), the Opec Fund for International Development (Fodi), and the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD).
He said that following the problems with the contractors, the donors found it difficult to continue providing funds which led the government through the ministry to negotiate with the donors who agreed to continue funding the project.
“Currently the ministry is looking for new foreign contractors for some of the work while other work will continue to be done by our local experts with the aim of ensuring that by December this year the project is completed,” he explained.
“The first phase of the project involves construction and operation of raw water infrastructure, a drinking water plant along with storage tanks, 12km pipelines, and an electricity line to supply power to the infrastructure. This phase will cover nine villages in over three districts,” he said.
The second phase of the project involves the construction of a storage tank in Kiverenge, a water pumping station in Kisangara, and gravity main and service tanks to cater to the water requirements of 28 villages and two small towns.
The infrastructure is expected to improve the supply of drinking water for 440,000 inhabitants.