PM tells off Tanesco over costs of offices

21Sep 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
PM tells off Tanesco over costs of offices

​​​​​​​PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa yesterday refused to inaugurate the Tanzania Electric Co. (TANESCO) Kyerwa District office complex in Kagera Region; saying construction costs thereof were too huge compared to the buildings.

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa.

“If I unveil the cornerstone for the complex I would be legalising that other buildings be constructed at similar costs. I cannot do that; the cost is huge compare to the buildings. Supervise your building needs using the force account system,” he said.

The premier was continuing with his inspection tour of the region, pointing out that the small hut of a guard is supposed to have cost 7m/- to build. “How many bricks were involved, if not sheer embezzlement of funds? I will not inaugurate the office and the plaque written with my name should be removed. The government is serious in the supervision of its projects,” he declared.

The complex cost 483.42m/- while the guard’s hut cost 7.03m/-, the fence is quoted to have cost 94.2m/-, the administrative building 253.8m/- and equipment store cost 51.55m/-.

He said the government builds huge building complexes for health centres that include reception, laboratory, operation theatre, maternity wards, doctor’s quarters and mortuary for not more than 500m/-, and TANESCO shows a single building and wall, plus minor auxiliary structures, for nearly the same cost.

He directed TANESCO officials to make sure that in their other projects the cost should go in tandem with the type and number of buildings.

Nathanasias Nangali, a senior official from headquarters who read the construction report said the project begun on September 11, 2018 and completed February 8, 2020 at a cost of 483.4m/-, citing RK Investments as contractor, under Tanesco supervision. 

“TANESCO continues to use its experts to supervise and implement various projects including the construction of its offices in regions, districts and power substations,” he specified.

As for power supply in the district, he said out of 99 villages there 70 are connected and the remaining 29 will be connected through the ongoing REA Phase II Round 2 programme.

Earlier, the premier inspected a tin smelting project operated by African Top Minerals in the district and used the occasion to assure the investor that the government will continue to support them.

Company director Hassan Ibar said the project cost 4bn/- and is intended to strengthen the minerals sector in general by adding value to the minerals for the world market, thanking the government for its efforts in recognizing the firm‘s contribution in tin mining. The company is now recognized internationally, he added.

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