Mbarawa directs Shuwasa board to collect at least 700mil/- each month

11Jan 2020
Correspondent
Shinyanga
The Guardian
Mbarawa directs Shuwasa board to collect at least 700mil/- each month

WATER Minister, Prof Makame Mbarawa has directed the new board of Shinyanga Water and Sewerage Authority (SHUWASA) to properly supervise the authority’s revenue collections to ensure at least 700m/- is collected monthly.

Prof Mbarawa threatened to dissolve the board if the targeted revenue collections are not met.

 

He made the statement when addressing new SHUWASA board members in Shinyanga town. The minister noted that poor revenue collections affect government efforts to expand the region’s water network to reach all the residents.

“You should work to enhance revenue collections to at least 700m/- per month or otherwise I will dissolve the board. Collected revenues should be used to pay the Lake Victoria water distribution authority to enable it expand services,” said the minister.

He added that the monies are also enough for implementation of new projects insisting them to consider giving tenders to local contractors.

He warned board members to avoid using collected revenues for their per diem payments and travel cost, instead help SHUWASA to increase the number of customers.

New Board chairperson, Mwamvua Jilumbi assured the minister to work on all the directives calling for cooperation from SHUWASA officials and customers. She urged water users to ensure timely payment of monthly bills for the authority to be able to improve services.

SHUWASA Director, Flaviana Kifizi said the authority has been tasked to provide services to residents of Tinde, Didia and Iselamagazi which were previously getting services from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA).

According to the Director, SHUWASA collects 497,891,531 per month whereas 5 percent of the funds is used for improvement of services which includes expansion of water distribution network. Mbarawa