Minister promises feasible deep-well drilling projects

21Apr 2016
Bilham Kimati
The Guardian
Minister promises feasible deep-well drilling projects

DEEP well drilling that caused loss of public funds in some places, generated a heated debate in the parliament yesterday as the government spelled out measures to enhance smooth implementation of water projects.

Eng Gershon Lwenge

Minister for Water, Eng Gershon Lwenge admitted to losses in some water exploration projects due to mix-ups in the whole process.

He was responding to a supplementary question by Martha Mlata (MP –CCM) who demanded explanation over losses recorded in water projects especially in drilling deep wells that yielded no tangible results.

“In the past, a different company was assigned to undertake exploration and the drilling carried out by a different contractor. From now on this arrangement will not be used.

Exploration and drilling will be awarded to the same contractor so that in case sufficient supply of water was not achieved, no payments will be issued,” Lwenge explained

The clarification followed a basic question by Dr Pudenciana Kikwembe (Kavuu – CCM) who asked when clean and safe water will be accessible to Mamba, Mahimoto, Chamalendi and Mwamapuli wards.

Responding to the question earlier, Deputy Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Suleiman Jaffo said 24.2m/- had been set aside in the 2015/16 budget to provide clean and safe water to Mamba ward through a deep well project drilled at Ntaswa village.

“In the 2015/16 budget, Sh48.4 million had been allocated for the drilling of two deep wells at Chamaledi and Mkwajuni villages in order to address water challenges in the area. In Mwamapuli ward villages facing serious shortage of water include Mwamapuli, Ukingwaminzi, and Lunguya with 77.4m/- allocated for the drilling of three deep wells,” Jaffo explained.

However, the deputy minister was explicit on some difficulties encountered in the whole process to earmark water drilling sites due to stratographic nature of the landscape.