Dr Mpango displeased by shoddy work on Buhigwe District Hospital

03Jul 2020
Correspondent
Kigoma
The Guardian
Dr Mpango displeased by shoddy work on Buhigwe District Hospital

THE Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Philip Mpango has instructed the government in Kigoma Region to closely supervise the contractor of the Buhigwe District hospital after he registered his pleasure on the quality of the buildings in comparison to the sum of 2.4bn/- so far spent on the project.

Dr Mpango issued the instruction when he inspected the hospital which has been in operation since last month (June) despite some of its infrastructures still not completed.

“The quality of buildings depends on expectations, it is supposed to be a modern hospital, hence you have to enhance supervision over the contractor. I will come again in August and the contractor should be told of my observations, when I return I will evaluate whether public money has been spent appropriately,” he said.

The Finance minister said people’s money is not to be played about as they pay taxes hence it is supposed to go back to them through better services.

Buhigwe District Commissioner, Michael Ngayalina said he will work on the minister’s directives but also asked him to enable the completion of the project so as it starts providing appropriate service to the people.

He thanked Dr Mpango for his continual visits to the district to inspect government funded projects.

The Acting Buhigwe District Medical Officer Fredrick Kanyondwi said they received 2.7bn/- in four installments from the Buhigwe District Council for the hospital project.

He said the hospital started to offer services last month as they wait for the contractor to complete the remaining infrastructures.

He said the construction which used a Force Account system whereby the laboratory wing was 95 percent complete, maternal wing has been completed 87 percent, administration wing (99 percent) and OPD (99 percent).

“There is a shortfall of 200m/- to complete the project as the district council had previously disbursed an additional 300m/-,” Kanyondwi added.