Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Mara Road Contractors Hailed for Patriotism

Musoma — CONTRACTORS rehabilitating roads in Mara are continuing with their work despite having not received part of their payment, the Mara Regional Board Meeting was told.

The government allocated nearly 15bn/- for improvement of road infrastructure through the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROAD), in Mara Region, for the year 2013/2014. The budget went up by four per cent against the previous financial year.

But, until the end of the second quarter of the 2013/2014 financial year, Mara Region received more than 1.3bn/- equivalent to 9.3 per cent, but progress has reached 66 per cent during the same period.

TANROADS Manager in Mara Region, Engineer Emmanuel Korosso attributed the good performance compared to little amount of money paid to trust the contractors have in the government.

"The secret behind our success is the trust that contractors have in us and they still trust that they will be paid," Eng Korosso told the region's latest Road Board Meeting chaired by Mara Regional Commissioner(RC), Mr John Tupa.

The decision by contractors to continue undertaking road projects despite delays in payments was lauded by the members of the board meeting.

But there were concerns over the delays in paying the contractors. Mara is one of Tanzanian mainland regions rated as having the best road networks, thanks to the government for continuing to provide sufficient funds.

TANROADS is responsible for taking care of 1,277.49km roads of which 200.26km is tarmac and 1,077.23km is gravel. It also takes care of 289 bridges found on trunk and regional roads.

Meanwhile, the Mara RC Mr Tupa issued what he described as last warming to the Municipal Director to take measure in stopping livestock from roaming in Musoma town.

"There are cows and goats roaming around. This should end and this is a last warning," the regional chief warned. He further gave similar warning to all directors of Mara region district councils and urged them to ensure that road damages caused by livestock ends with immediate effect.

"The laws are there and they should be enforced. The amount of money injected on roads is too much and any damage should not be allowed," the RC noted.

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