Prof Makame Mbarawa cautions contractors, project consultants

14Oct 2021
Correspondent
Tanga
The Guardian
Prof Makame Mbarawa cautions contractors, project consultants

WORKS and Transport minister Prof Makame Mbarawa has directed all contractors, project consultants and engineers who are implementing various road projects countrywide to make sure that are coherent on projects design, standards and speed in order for their works to be in quality standards.

Works and Transport minister Prof Makame Mbarawa (4th-L) inspects progress in the expansion of Tanga port, work expected to cost 270bn/- and is lined up for completion in March 2022. The others include the port’s acting manager, Donald Ngaire (3rd-L) and Tanga regional commissioner Adam Malima (6th-L). Photo: Correspondent Hamida Kamchala

Minister Mbarawa issued the directives while inspecting the upgrading of 50kms section of Tanga- Pangani - Muheza road at bitumen level and Muheza - Amani road of 40 kilometers.

Minister Mbarawa is in Tanga region for two- day official visit.

He said: "Contractors, consultants engineers and Tanroads engineers who are supervising the implementation of the various roads projects countrywide should adhere to project design, standards and speed in order for your works to be in good standards, we as ministry of works we purchased special engineering van for measuring the standards of your works, if we detect that all engineering procedures were not followed you should repeat without additional payment".

He added:" Because most of the roads are demolished shortly after completion".

Tanga- Pangani road section, he said the government is aware of challenges faced the sluggish of works which is now at 18 per cent of implementation as is in the move of solving it and issued four months ultimatum to the contractor China Henan International Cooperation Group (CHICO) to make sure by February next year the road to be complemented at tarmac level.

 

“People need tarmac road, make sure by February next year the road is at tarmac level".

About compensation to people who moved out  to pave the way for construction of the project, he said the government is ready to pay all people who are  deserve to be compensated, those who not deserve compensation came from the back door would not be compensated.  

 Tanga Regional Commissioner Adam Malima said he would make sure of  thorough follow ups of all the government directives because of its potential for economic and tourism purpose between Mombasa in Kenya- Tanga- Saadani National Park and Bagamoyo.

In Muheza, District Commissioner Halima Bulembo said Muheza - Amani road is potential for Muheza economy which about 70 per cent of its income depends on agricultural products and Amani Ward is famous for spices production and business people and investors were eagerly to invest in the spices business but the road is the main challenge because during rain seasons is not passable, thus urged the minister Mbarawa to give it priority for its budget.

Earlier, explaining Pangani-Tanga road construction report to the minister, Tanga region Tanroads manager Engineer Alfred Ndumbaro said the road is at 18 per cent of its implementation and section of Muheza- Amani road with 7 kilometers is at 93 per cent complete.

The signing construction contract of Pangani- Tanga section road 50 kilometers worth of 66.8bn/- was signed on 31st July, 2019 in Pangani between CHICO and Tanroads Chief Executive the late Engineer Patrick Mfugale on behalf of government, the contract was for 24 months and about 4bn/-was paid as compensation to 358 people who moved out to pave the way for construction.

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