Registrar: Axe beckons for rogue contractors

25May 2019
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
Registrar: Axe beckons for rogue contractors

THE Contractors Registration Board (CRB) will from Monday start a countrywide special review of its members following an increase of complaints from clients, including the government, about shoddy jobs.

CRB Registrar Rhoben Nkoni

CRB Registrar Rhoben Nkoni told journalists yesterday at a press conference in Dar es Salaam that the exercise which will last for six months will include deregistering, disqualifying and degrading contractors who will be found operating below the set standards.

The board says it has received various concerns of non-performance, delayed projects and issuance of unrealistic bid rates by some, a situation that calls intervention from the sector’s accreditation body.

“CRB being an agency mandated to oversee the sector has seen that this is the time to have a special intervention. This review will involve deleting or downgrading contractors who will be found operating against rules forthwith,” said Nkori.

Phase one of the exercise will start on May 27 up to July 20 and will involve grade one, two, three and special contractors, grade one and two, he stated.

The second phase will also last for three months, from August 15 to November 15 and will involve middle and junior contractors namely grade four, five, six and seven as well as special contractors grade two and three, he elaborated.

Due to the sensitivity of the exercise, the board has prepared a special arrangement to ensure they reach out to all contractors countrywide.

“The concerns are tarnishing the image of the profession because we all know that the government has injected a lot of money into various projects that are being implemented by contractors countrywide,” he stated.

There have been complaints from senior government officials including President John Magufuli and MPs over delays in implementing various projects including roads, water projects and bridges.

In July last year, the Water and Irrigation Minister Prof Makame Mbarawa took a swipe at contractors implementing various water projects over delays, saying they should forget about doing business with the government during his time as minister.

Speaking at a two days water sector stakeholders’ meeting in Dar es Salaam, minister Mbarawa said almost all major water projects are not completed because of underperforming contractors “who were found through rogue tendering processes where incompetent contractors are given huge projects.”

The minister named some major projects that are yet to be finalized despite being out of the contractual deadline as including the Kigoma water project, the Ruvu, Kimara and Chalinze projects which if completed would have helped to ease water challenges facing the various regions.

“It is unfortunate that development partners fund almost all these projects and most contractors have been paid half their money but they have shown little or nothing for it,” the minister had scathingly added.