Mara — TARIME District Council signed several contracts worth more than two billion shillings early this week with local firms. The contracts involve various development projects including education, health services and water supply.
District Council Chairman, Amos Sagara and District Council Executive Director, Athuman Akalama signed the contracts on behalf of the council.
"We expect the work to be done after six months from now," Mr Sagara said shortly after spending several hours discussing the contracts. The target projects are meant to boost provision of social services especially in areas of health, water and education.
Signing of the contracts will, among a number of other projects, witness the construction of the awaited special high school for girls in Borega Village, according to Mr Sagara.
Construction of the high school is one of the government's initiatives that are tailored to help curb female genital mutilation (FGM) in the district, according to government officials. FGM is widely practised in Tarime District despite legal curbs.
"We also anticipate health service delivery in our district hospital to change for the better after the project is accomplished," Mr Akalama said. The work will further involve the setting up of administration offices in Sirari and Itiryo wards, according to Mr Akalama.
The district council chairman said that local leaders will also be on high alert to ensure that local contractors do not turn in substandard work."Allow village government leaders, councillors and other leaders to see what you do. This is tax payers' money. It should be spent properly and judiciously.
"We respect and trust local leaders so we will believe their reports," the top council leader cautioned the local contractors. Mr Sagara urged the firms to provide temporary jobs to local people.