Sh290 billion in arrears set aside for water contractors

14May 2016
Felister Peter
The Guardian
Sh290 billion in arrears set aside for water contractors

A TOTAL of Sh290 billion has been set aside in the 2016/17 government budget to pay contractors and complete implementation of pending water projects.

Suleiman Jafo

Deputy Minister in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) Suleiman Jafo said most of the projects took long to complete due to under-performance of contractors. He said there were some districts in the country where officials awarded construction tenders to incompetence contractors.

He was speaking in parliament as he replied to a question by Maida Hamad Abdallah (Special Seats-CCM) who asked the government to explain how it was prepared to end water woes in the country.

The MP was concerned that most places in the country, especially in rural areas, had no water. She claimed that almost all the water projects which were supervised by municipal councils took too long to complete due to various reasons including lack of funds.

“Delays of these contracts are caused by incompetent contractors,” said Jaffo, calling on managements of district councils to consider the record performance of specific contractors before awarding them tenders.

He said the government’s Water Sector Development Programme 2005-2025 had highlighted that 1,870 water projects would be implemented in different places throughout the country.

According to the deputy minister, a total of 1,110 water projects have been completed countrywide. He said the projects were implemented by local government authorities in the 2015/16 financial year whereby Sh129.3 billion was allocated for their implementation.

“Despite receiving 75.5 per cent of the total sum of money, local government authorities did a good job by ensuring construction of over one thousand water projects,” said Jaffo.

The deputy minister said that delayed disbursement of funds was caused by poor revenue collection by the districts, and delayed funds from donors. He said during the coming financial year, the government will provide Sh290 billion to district councils for implementation of water projects.

He appealed to the councils to enhance their revenue collection so water projects were implemented in order to end the longstanding water woes across the country.

The Water Sector Development Programme 2005—2025 aims to assist water use