10 January 2013

Tanzania: Magufuli Talks Tough Against Incompetent Road Contractors

Tabora — PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has directed Works Minister John Magufuli to take stern measures against all road contractors whose work is substandard or fail to accomplish projects in specified time.

The president instructed the minister to fire dishonest or unskilled contractors immediately.

Addressing residents in the municipality of Tabora at Chipukizi grounds here, Mr Kikwete also ordered that all consultants who fail to supervise contractors be fired. P

resident Kikwete said that the burden of paying such contractors rested on the shoulders of the wananchi thus it was essential to ensure value for money in every job undertaken.

"The Ministry of Works must be careful. It must take to task both negligent contractors and consultants. You (Minister Magufuli) should be more aggressive in this area because what we want are roads that meet standards," President Kikwete said.

The people of Tabora appealed for good tarmac roads in their region when President Kikwete met them when canvassing for votes in the last general elections. Mr Kikwete told them that their wish would be granted.

The residents had appealed for good tarmac roads that would connect their region to neighbouring regions including Singida, Shinyanga and Kigoma. "I do remember that when I came here canvassing for votes the major outcry was over roads.

Just to ensure you that your government has heard the cry and all problems that have been here since independence are soon going to be things of the past," Mr Kikwete added. Dr Magufuli said that he was going to implement the order given by the president with full commitment without fearing anybody, be it a Chinese, a white man or a black one.

Dr Magufuli made it clear that he was not ready to be purged out of his post for embracing any irresponsible contractor. The culprit should be ready to pay a price for his or her inefficiency, he said.

During his four-day tour of Tabora Region, President Kikwete also laid a foundation stone for a 459-kilometre road project to be upgraded to tarmac level at a cost of 343.9bn/-.

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