REA deducting 10 pct from payment of defaulting contractor -Minister

15Aug 2020
The Guardian
REA deducting 10 pct from payment of defaulting contractor -Minister

​​​​​​​MINERALS Minister, Dr Medard Kalemani has instructed the contractor in Rural Energy Agency Phase III (REA III) Round I for Dodoma Region to deduct 10 percent from their payment due to delay in the work contract.

He issued the instructions mid this week (August 12) after inspecting the implementation work in various areas of the region’s Chemba District.

Accompanied by the Chemba District Commissioner Simon Odunga, Dr Kalemani said REA must deduct the money owed to the contractor – M/s A2Z Infra Engineering Limited, beginning June 30 this year to the time they were supposed to complete the project.

Dr Kalemani called on the contractor to complete power connection to all 66 remaining villages before September 15 this year, or else, he said legal steps will be taken against them.

He directed the DC to impound passports of the contractors’ respective officials and ensure they do not travel out of Dodoma Region until they complete the projects.

Dr Kalemani also instructed the contractor to increase the number of labourers to finish the work in time.

“People want electric lights in their homes, they do not like seeing power poles lying about on the ground while you pass by without connecting their homes with power,” he said.

The minister also called on all contractors in the country for REA III projects to finish work by September 15 this year.

The Nchemba DC thanked the minister for his follow up on REA projects adding that he had no faith in the said contractor due to the delay in completing the projects.

In his report to the minister, Dodoma region’s TANESCO Manager Eng Frank Chambua said out of the region’s 581 villages, 393 have been connected to power, equivalent to 67.47 of all the villages.

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