Torch race unearths 11.2bn/- embezzlement in 17 projects

26Jul 2021
Correspondent
BAHI
The Guardian
Torch race unearths 11.2bn/- embezzlement in 17 projects

THE inspection and launch of development projects during the Uhuru Torch Race has brought up a number of irregularities including embezzlement of 11.2bn/- in 17 projects scattered in as many districts countrywide.

So far, a total of 491 development projects valued at 786.9bn/- have been launched in the Torch Race format in the 15 regions it has passed, on the basis of remarks by the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office (Labour, Employment and Youth) Patrobas Katambi.

He made mention of those snags at an event to hand over the Torch at a border point between Singida and Dodoma regions, at Nagulo village, Bahi district of Dodoma region. 

He said inspected projects include ongoing efforts in various sectors like education, health, water, environment, agriculture, road infrastructures, fishing, livestock, finance and ICT.

Other deficiencies identified in the series of inspections are frauds in road building with projects implemented below standard, lack of documents on laboratory tests and shortage of building equipment.

Other snags are payment of public funds contrary to laid down procedures, conflicts pitting people and project supervisors, apart from service gaps especially for water supply projects.

The deputy minister said regional commissioners and administrative secretaries whose areas were found with projects that had deficiencies need to rectify them “and take appropriate steps against officials sabotaging government projects.”

In addition, officials in regions and districts where the Torch Race is yet to pass should mobilise themselves as the Torch Race officials will continue executing their responsibilities as instructed by the highest levels of government, he cautioned.

However, the Torch Race leader Lt Josephine Mwambasi asked officials to make sure all documents for the projects are brought to the project site.

 “As the Torch Race is implementing its responsibilities we should remember to abide by all precautions against the Covid-19 pandemic. People must wear masks, use handwashing facilities put in place at all times,” she said.

For his part, Regional Commissioner Anthony Mtaka said that in Dodoma Region the Torch Race will be conducted on a 1,264.2 km route in its seven districts, where about 36 development projects valued at 41.88bn/- will be inspected.

Bahi DC Mwanahamisi Munkunda said in the district the Torch Race shall cover 124 kms and facilitate inspection of five development projects valued at 1.968bn/-.

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