Tarura directs Mjini-Matai road contractor to complete project on time

15Aug 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Ruvuma
The Guardian
Tarura directs Mjini-Matai road contractor to complete project on time

THE Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency (Tarura) has urged the contractor—Mbuya’s Contractors Company Limited constructing the Mjini – Matai road in Kalambo District, Ruvuma Region to ensure timely completion of the project.

The road’s construction follows promises made by President John Magufuli during the presidential election campaigns in 2015.

Tarura Executive Director Eng Victor Seff said: “You must complete the project in accordance with agreements signed in the contracts. The project should be implemented at recommended standards.”

He promised to make frequent inspection visits at the project to make sure the road is completed on time.

The Tarura boss also visited various projects for construction of roads and bridges in Rukwa Region whereas in Nkasi District he inspected a project for construction of feeder roads at the Namanyere town.

The project is has been implemented since the 2019/2020 financial year.

Eng Seff expressed dismay over poor implementation of the Kavunja Bridge at Kirando village in Nkasi District. He also faulted officials at the Rukwa Regional Commissioner’s office over poor supervision of the project as well as management of contractor’s signed contracts.

He promised to send a team of experts to review the contracts and suggest solutions to the existing challenges that have somehow affected transport activities at the area.

In Sumbawanga municipal council, he inspected implementation progress of the Kankwale Bridge in Kankwale ward. The bridge was damaged during the ended rainfall season.

“We are constructing the bridge with funds allocated in the 2020/2021 District budget. The purpose is to restore transport services after the rains,” he noted.

Acting Tarura Coordinator in Rukwa Region, Eng Selemani Mziray said they have been implementing road construction projects related to President Magufuli’s promises during campaigns in 2015 whereas a total of 2 kilometers have been completed.

He said the remaining one kilometer will be completed by August 30th this year.

“We are trying to ensure timely completion of the projects especially those promised by the president during election campaigns. Completion of the roads will facilitate transport services in the district,” he said.

He said efforts are ongoing to restore transport services at all the areas affected by the ‘masika’ rains.

Tarura was officially launched by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on July 2, 2017. He directed the agency to address the poor management of construction contracts between contractors and the authority in road projects, emphasizing transparency in all public works contracts.

Tarura is also tasked to facilitate improvements to the network of rural and urban roads, enabling people to transport crops and other items from villages to urban areas.