Dodoma — VILLAGERS in Kamsamba-Mlowa and Kiliyamatundu have reason to smile after it was announced in the National Assembly that 180m/- has been allocated for the construction of a permanent bridge across Momba River to link the two villages.
Residents in the area are at the moment crossing the river with a cable supported pedestrian bridge constructed by Roman Catholic missionaries some 51 years ago. The bridge connects Kiliyamatundu village in Sumbawanga Rural District, Rukwa region and Mlowa village in Mbozi District, Mbeya region.
The Deputy Minister for Works, Engineer Gerson Lwenge, told the National Assembly here yesterday that the design of the 75-metre long bridge is complete, and construction will start in the near future.
Eng. Lwenge made the remarks in response to a question asked by Kwela MP, Mr Ignas Malocha (CCM), who complained that residents in the area are now forced to pay 500/- to cross the bridge.
The MP tasked government to discuss with Kamsamba Parish maintenance costs so that residents are relieved of paying a fee. Reacting, the Deputy Minister reiterated government resolve to construct a permanent bridge to connect residents in the two districts.