24 February 2013

Tanzania: Kilwa Road Officially Handed Over

THE GOVERNMENT will keep an open eye on the construction of major roads to make sure the quality of works meets minimum standards and warned that repetition of work will be carried out at the expense of contractors.

The Minister for Works, Dr John Magufuli, made these remarks in Dar es Salaam at the official handover of the five-kilometre stretch along Kilwa Road in Mbagala on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam.

The stretch passes through Mtoni Mtongani and Mbagala and the Vice-President, Dr Mohammed Ghalib Bilal, who officiated at the occasion urged the general public to take good care of the infrastructure.

The 5.1-kilometre stretch was accepted by the government after the contractor, Kajima Construction Corporation from Japan, repeated the work at their own cost. Reconstruction of the road started in May last year. "This is a lesson to other foreign and local contractors to ensure our roads and bridges including projects are done well," said Dr Magufuli.

The repairs on the road followed a report by the team of experts formed by Dr Magufuli to probe the work undertaken by Kajima between 2008 and 2009 on 17.637b/- facilitated by the Japanese government. Dr Magufuli said that the report showed that the specifications were not observed thus forcing the reconstruction of that section by the contractor.

"After repairs the road has now acquired acceptable standards to qualify for official opening," he said adding that the contractor spent billions of shillings to rebuild the road. He commended the government of Japan and JICA and the contractor for accepting to rebuild the road. Other roads to be reconstructed, according to Dr Magufuli, include Sekenke Road built by Chico Construction Limited from China.

The contractor, according to Dr Magufuli, has already spent over 15bn/- to reconstruct it. Dr Bilal commended the government of Japan and the engineers for the work well done calling on the government and the public to develop the habit of acknowledging their contributions instead of relying on and praising politicians.

"There is need to watch and take care of the roads as they are set to help us carry out our daily activities for the betterment of our country and neighbours," he said. Dr Bilal told the gathering that the road will reduce the traffic jams and save time.

He thanked the government of Japan for continued friendship saying that relation has helped the country in improving the infrastructures. He mentioned other projects facilitated by the government of Japan as expansion of Mwenge-Tegeta Road and Morocco-Mwenge Road.

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