Sumbawanga — PRIME Minister Mizengo Pinda has expressed his appreciation on the construction quality of the highway that links Tunduma to Laela and Sumbawanga.
The highway, which spans a total of 228 kilometres and has been upgraded to tarmac level, is almost complete. The construction job on the highway has cost 97 million US dollars.
The money has been donated by the US government through its Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The Premier also showered praise on a Chinese company, Jiangxi Geo-Engineering (group) Cooperation (JGC), which is rehabilitating Sumbawanga - Chala- Kanazi road which covers 75 kilometres.
The road has been upgraded to tarmac level. Mr Pinda, who is currently taking a brief rest in his home village of Kibaoni in Mlele District, Katavi Region, was in the company of the Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania, Dr Lu Youqing, also visited China Hunan Construction Engineering Group (CHCEG) at its camp site.
The camp is located in Mpalamawe Village in Nkasi District, Rukwa Region. The company has been contracted to give a facelift to a road section that links Kanasi in Nkasi District to Kizi-Kibaoni in Mlele District. The road stretch covers 76.6 kilometres.
The Premier told company officials and workers that he visited the company because he had heard that work on the road stretch was too slow.
"Ambassador Lu has accompanied me so that he can see too the progress of road construction here," Mr Pinda said. The Premier was also of the view that another road contractor, JGC, is doing well.
"I have been told that the company has already upgraded 20 kilometres to tarmac level despite facing a number of formidable challenges," Mr Pinda noted.
Vividly irked by the slow progress of construction work on Kanazi - Kizi - Kibaoni (76.6 km) Mr Pinda directed the Rukwa Tanroads Regional Manager to make a thorough follow up to find out the reasons that have caused the anomaly.