Minister yet to receive report on Mwenge bus stand project

21Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Minister yet to receive report on Mwenge bus stand project

DESPITE Minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) Ummy Mwalimu issuing a two-week ultimatum to probe the slow construction of Mwenge bus stand in Dar es Salaam, nothing has been revealed to date.

The probe team had given two weeks to complete the work until July 4, but almost five weeks have passed with no clear answers that affect the construction which has halted for a long time.

Following the situation, on July this year, The Guardian contacted Minister Ummy who was in Bagamoyo to seek for her response on the matter who however acknowledged that she was yet to receive the report from the committee.

“I am expecting to receive the report from the committee once I arrive in Dodoma,” she said.

On June 20, this year minister Ummy directed the formation of a probe team for the new Mwenge bus stand following its snail construction pace.

Addressing reporters after inspecting the project site, Ummy said she was not satisfied with what was going on, and that she had been receiving many complaints from the people regarding the project.

“This project was supposed to be completed on May 2 ,this year but so far, it is now June, and construction work is only 46 per cent, I am stopping all construction work from now on and forming a team to probe the project ‘s financial spending ,” she said.

She instructed her permanent secretary to form the team as soon as possible, saying it should complete the probe within two weeks.

She said the team should also probe into two other projects – the construction of a soccer stadium for the Kinondoni Municipal Council and the council administrative complex.

In addition, the minister also announced the suspension of   Kinondoni Municipal Council engineer Isaak Mpaki following failure to adequately advise the council on the construction of the three projects.

“There is a lot of wrong-doing regarding these projects, they are not finalised, if completed the bus stand project could earn 480m/- every year, the money that could be used for other social services projects,” she said.

Kinondoni municipal council executive director Spora Liana said the cost of the project is 4.8bn/- and that the contractor – (360 JWTZ Lugalo) was handed over the project on July 27, last year.

She said by May 2 this year construction work was only 46 percent with 1.558bn/- spent.

The main challenge is the failure to procure construction material in time, few labourers, and instead of using JWTZ personnel, they employ ordinary people whose wages are delayed to the point of referring the matter to my office,” said Liana.

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