The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Tabora Tarmac Road to Be Built

Dodoma — The government has started to implement the president's promise to construct the Nzega Tabora road to tarmac level, the parliament was informed here yesterday.

Deputy minister for Works, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, said implementation of the project was being undertaken in two sections by two different contractors.One will start from Nzega to Puge, a stretch of 58.8 kilometres and the other from PugeTabora, a stretch of 56.1 kilometres.

"The two contractors have completed the mobilisation of equipment, setting up of project camps and machinery installation. Now they are undertaking site clearance," said Dr Mwakyembe.

However, he said the road construction contracts do not involve construction of ten kilometres of roads in Nzega town which are maintained by the Nzega district council. He was answering a question from Dr Hamisi Kigwangalla, (Nzega - CCM) who wanted to know the time frame for implementing the president's promise to construct the Nzega- Tabora road to tarmac level and if the project would involve the ten-kilometre stretch in Nzega town.

Answering another question, Dr Mwakyembe said a feasibility study has been conducted and architectural designs continue for the Malindi-Mombasa- Lunga Lunga (Hororo) in Kenya and Tanga-Saadani-Matipwili-Makurunge (Bagamoyo) in Tanzania. He said this was one of the East African Community projects implemented by Kenya and Tanzania.

"The contract to conduct a feasibility study, comprehensive designs and preparation of tender documents was signed on January 17, 2011, between the EAC and the Aucon AMEI engineering company from South Africa for $ 2,294,646.25 being funds from the Africa Development Bank (ADB)," said Dr Mwakyembe.

He was answering a question from Mr Said Bwanamdogo, (Chalinze - CCM). He asked the government to explain the stage reached in implementing the Makurunge-Matipwili-Saadani-Pangani to Tanga road as stipulated in the CCM manifesto of 2010 -2015.

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