Mhagama gives contractor two months to complete lather factory project

02Dec 2019
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Mhagama gives contractor two months to complete lather factory project

MINISTER of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliament, Labour, Employment, Youth and People with Disabilities) Jenista Mhagama has given a two-month ultimatum to contractor of Karanga Leather Industries factory in Kilimanjaro Region to complete the project by January 20 next year.

The move will make the construction of the factory’s second phase start so to ensure the factory begins production in good time.

The contractor – the Prison’s Production and Construction Department has been directed to work day and night to ensure it constructs four buildings – the building for the production of leather goods and soles for shoes, for electrical plants and warehouse for produced goods.

Mhagama gave the directives soon after her inspection of the factory construction yesterday during which she said it was important for the factory to be completed quickly because it will enable the country to attain industrial economy as leather goods have a big market within and outside the country especially in the SADC Region.

She called on people involved in the project to ensure they have a business plan to complete the work in the time given and should submit the plan to her.

For his part, the Ministry’s permanent secretary Andrew Massawe has ensured Minister Mhagama that he will closely monitor the work on the factory to ensure her directives are implemented.

Director General of Public Service Social Security Fund (PSSSF) Hosea Kashimba also ensured the Minister that the work will be completed within the time frame as directed as it will also provide employment to scores of people.

The Karanga Leather Industries Co Ltd project is being implemented by PSSF through its internal experts and the Prisons service with expert advice from Tanzania Industrial research and Development Organization (TIRDO).