Water ministry ditch contractors for water projects

03Dec 2019
The Guardian Reporter
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Water ministry ditch contractors for water projects

THE Ministry of Water has started implementing water projects using ‘Force Account’ system instead of contractors so as to do away with high implementation costs and delays on the projects.

This was revealed yesterday by the Water Minister Prof Makame Mbarawa during his visit to Chamwino District where he inspected various water projects.

Prof Marawa said there are currently 40 projects being implemented using the new system and that the government has saved a lot of money and work on the projects took less time compared to contractors.

"As of now the ministry has abolished the procedure of advertising tenders to get contractors because the procedure delays projects’ implementation and are of high cost as opposed to when the ministry uses its own experts,” he said.

He added: "The work of digging trenches, erecting 2 million-litre water tanks and borehole drilling we have capacity to do – more than those contractors, I ask you engineers to understand that if you bring to me permits to sign for engaging contractors for the water projects I will never sign them.”

He gave the example of the water projects at Kirando Nkasi District which would have cost 4.6bn/- if contractors had been engaged, but it was later implemented for only 3.2bn/-/

Prof Mbarawa added: If the Drilling and Dam Construction Agency (DDCA) submit high construction cost I will also not consent, we also don’t want them to charge highly, there are water projects of which the ministry’s own experts are capable of doing.”

He said the Chamwino water project, costing 574m/- is being implemented by the government by 100 percent, and added that so far three boreholes have been drilled and work on water pipe network that will take three months was going on and that the contractor would have taken nine months to complete. 

Earlier, reading Chamwino water projects implementation report, the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (Ruwasa) acting manager for Chamwino, Christina Msengi said up to October this year 254,000 residents will get clean and safe water, equivalent to 65 percent of all residents.

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