Builders, leaders under fire as PM affirms hospital launch on Dec 9

21Nov 2020
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Builders, leaders under fire as PM affirms hospital launch on Dec 9

​​​​​​​PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa yesterday gave entities involved in the construction of Uhuru Hospital in Chamwino District, Dodoma Region, 15 days to have the facility ready.

Speaking after visiting the construction site to assess progress, the premier was far from impressed and directed the Chamwino district leadership, the Tanzania Building Agency and Suma JKT to ensure that the job is done by the deadline.

He said the facility, which is meant to serve as the Chamwino District Hospital, must be completed in time for it to be officially launched by President John Magufuli on Independence Day – December 9.

“The speed is good but not good enough; ensure you work day and night so that the work is completed by December 5 and ready for launching on December 9,” he said

He reminded the contractor to ensure that construction materials made by Tanzanian industries such as tiles are sourced locally to boost local factories and create jobs.

“You are in disagreement about where to buy tiles; TBA are adamant that tiles must be imported. Why import tiles from abroad while we have a factory in Chalinze and another at Mkuranga?” the premier demanded.

“We used these locally-made tiles at the headquarters of the National Electoral Commission and the quality is good, no complaints arose.”

Briefing the PM on the progress, Joseph Nyamhaga, the Permanent Secretary in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments) said the hospital project came about after President John Magufuli directed that 995.1m/- that was set aside for independence celebrations in 2018—which he suspended— be directed towards the project. In January last year, after receiving 2.415bn/- in dividends from Telco Airtel, the president directed that the money be diverted to the project, he explained.

 By November 19 (Thursday), about 4.4bn/- was availed for the project and 4bn/- had already been spent. 

Back in September, SUMA JKT works supervisor Girimu Kanansi said the works being undertaken would be completed in October. Hospital construction was earlier set to be completed in May but heavy rains hindered the progress of the work, he added. Read More...

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