RC orders contractor for 24 working hours  

17Jan 2022
The Guardian
RC orders contractor for 24 working hours  

COAST Regional Commissioner, Abubakar Kunenge has instructed the contractor building Mbuchi Bridge on Rufiji River at Kibiti to make sure they work 24 hours a day to speed the work to alleviate transport problems facing the people.

Engineer Leopold Runji (6th-R) briefs Coast regional commissioner Abubakar Kunenge (3rd-R) yesterday on progress on the construction of Mbuchi bridge in Kibiti District. Photo: Correspondent Julieth Mkireri

The RC issued the instruction yesterday during his inspection visit of the project where he said because the work was jointly being implemented with TARURA, they have to do the work at all time.

He said the bridge is the third largest in Coast Region led by the Ruvu Bridge, and that when completed it will open doors for investment economic opportunities.

Kunenge also thanked President Samia Suluhu Hassan for continuing to open up the country through infrastructures including Coast Region by building roads and bridges in various areas of the region.

For his part, TARURA Coast Region Manager, Eng. Leopold Runji said the implementation of the project was being undertaken by Alfa Logistics Tanzania as contractors at a cost of 6.1bn/- and was expected to take 12 months to complete beginning January 2021.

He said the bridge is 61 metres long and the contractor has requested 23-week time extension due to rains that cause flooding.

He said in the circumstances, he advised for a six-week extension, or 45 days to finish the job.

Runji said the bridge is now expected to be completed in February this year.

One of Mbuchi residents, Hassan Yusuf thanked the government for the construction of the bridge that they had been crying for over 60 years.

He said before the bridge’s construction, they used to cross the river in canoes, and many people drowned doing so.