Ndalichako orders arrest of VETA college project contractor

08Jan 2020
The Guardian
Ndalichako orders arrest of VETA college project contractor

THE Minister for Education, Science and Technology Prof Joyce Ndalichako has ordered arrest of engineer of Ding Fubing Contractors and Chief Advisor of the Rukwa VETA School Swalehe Kyabega for failing to complete the project in time.

The project was required to be finished on 30 December 2019 after 100 days was added to the contract but so far only 52 percent of the work is complete.

Prof Ndalichako said according to the contract agreement, the contractor was required to account, through receipts, the expenditure of 1.5bn/- initial payment through the advisor but failed to do so, hence he failed to supervise the government expenditure.

"You should be placed in custody until the equipment you allowed to be removed from the site are returned as it is now a big joke… you have no answers for what you have done. Last time I was here there were a lot of equipment and building materials such as steel rods but I am told you have removed them to another site. They should be brought back,” she told the contractor.

It was also explained that the contractor was paying laborers emoluments rates that were against the government agreements, whilst other workers such as electricians were working without work contracts.

The construction of VETA College in the Sumbawanga Municipality is sited at Kashai and the Minister was accompanied by the Municipal’s education officials, the District Commissioner and the District Security and Defense Committee.

Earlier, while reading the progress report of the project, VETA Managing Director Dr Pancras Bujuru said the contractor has already been paid 3,507,174,603/- equivalent to 35 percent of the project cost and the last payment was 330,521,213/79 paid on December 20 2019, which was on condition that the pace of construction work would increase, but it was not the case.

Bujuru said: “In the circumstances the contractor has proven himself to be incompetent for the project and we have no faith in him at all whether it will be completed in time because the time given and the additional 100 days have both expired. Also there has been poor supervision of the entire project.”

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