Supervise Mbambo-Tukuyo road contractor, govt directs Tanroads

14Aug 2021
The Guardian
Supervise Mbambo-Tukuyo road contractor, govt directs Tanroads

​​​​​​​WORKS and Transport Deputy Minister, Godfrey Kasekenya has directed Tanroads to closely supervise China Railway 15 Bereau Group Corporation constructing a 18.7 kilometres Mbambo-Tukuyu road project.

​​​​​​​WORKS and Transport Deputy Minister, Godfrey Kasekenya.

The Deputy Minister directed the Chinese contractor to complete construction of the Bujesi-Tukuyu section of the road before November this year.

He gave the directives on Wednesday when he made an inspection visit of the project which will cost 20.46bn/- and instructed the contractors to increase construction equipment to speed up the work.

The deputy minister said the road was important for the economy of Rungwe and Busokelo districts people for transportation of their various farm crops to the market.

He said the government will not extend the contract period due to their taking a long time without completing the project on various excuses including bad weather and delays in payment of funds.

“I will come here again in October, I want to see the road completed by then as now there should not be any more excuses, as the government has already done its part in paying the contractor all the money they owed us,” said Kasekenya.

Rungwe District Commissioner Dr Vincent Anney said the road is important for transportation of various farm crops of farmers including potatoes, bananas and dairy products to the market.

He said the main cause of the delay is that the subcontractor assigned to build the bridge over Mbaka River was working sluggishly.

Earlier in his report, Tanroads Regional Projects Supervisor, Eng Samuel Mwambungu said according to the contract agreement, the project is supposed to be completed by November 14 this year.

He said at first, the government had delayed payments to the contractors, hence he had an excuse for dillydallying, but now they have been fully paid.