“The government is now looking for contractors for the construction project, the pipeline will start from Lake Victoria in Mwanza Region and run down to Tabora, Igunga, Nzega and Sikonge,” the Deputy Minister for Water and Irrigation Isack Kamwelwe, informed the House.
He made the statement when responding to a question from Manonga MP Seif Gulamali (CCM) who wanted to know when exactly the water pipeline project will start.
The legislator claimed that for several years now, the government has been promising to implement the water project but nothing has been done to date.
“Residents of that area have been struggling to get the precious liquid for too long,” he complained citing that implementation of the project will save the people from the water woes that they face every day.
In response, the Deputy Minister said the project will cover a total of 89 villages located within a 12 kilometers radius of the pipeline.Kamwelwe reassured the MPs that the government has already secured funds for the project, which stands at USD 268 million.
‘The project will be an ultimate solution to the problems of water scarcity to the villagers residing near the pipeline.“We will start with the 12 kilometer distance from the pipeline but once this is accomplished we shall see how we can connect other people... our plan is to connect other neighbouring areas,” he said.
Worth noting is that during election campaigns last year, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan promised wards located some 30 kilometers of the pipeline that they too will be connected.