Katambi calls for probe of Shinyanga abattoir project

07Apr 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Katambi calls for probe of Shinyanga abattoir project

AUTHORITIES in Shinyanga Region have been required to form a committee to probe the construction of the modern abattoir project at Ndembezi in Shinyanga Municipality that has spent 5.1bn/- but is still uncompleted as well as being below standard.

The call was made yesterday by Shinyanga Urban MP, Patrobas Katambi soon after inspecting the project, saying he was not at all satisfied with construction work.

Katambi, who is also Deputy Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Labour, Youth and Employment) said the sum of 5.1bn/- spent should have seen the project in final stages of completion, but so far there was no sign of being completed any time soon, apart from its having many shortcomings.

"In my position as MP for the constituency, I totally reject the abattoir’s status, it has many deficiencies compared to the cost involved, it is below standard,” Katambi said.

"And in my position as Deputy Minister from PM Office, I am taking this issue to the relevant ministry, it is totally impossible for Shinyanga to continue making history of having uncompleted projects including the meat factory at old Shinyanga,” he added.

He said the abattoir, when completed, will provide many employment opportunities to the youth, increase livestock keepers’ incomes and that of the region.

For his part, the Shinyanga Municipality Mayor David Nkulila said the project officially begun in 2018 at a cost of 5.57bn/- and all the funds had been paid to the contractor and was supposed to be completed in 2019 but so far it was yet to be completed.

He said in addition, the government has already signed for another sum of 171m/- to fix various deficiencies.

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