17 May 2014

Tanzania: Sikonge Contractor Abandons Project

Sikonge — THE contractor tasked to build health facilities in Sikonge District, Tabora Region has disappeared after pocketing 2.5b/- for the construction of health facilities that are not yet complete.

Addressing a public rally, Sikonge Member of Parliament Mr Said Nkumba said government signed a contract with the contractor indentified by only one name, Ham.

"The money given to the contractor to build more than seven health centres in Sikonge District, but he did not complete the constructions," Nkumba said. According to Mr Nkumba, the construction which started in 2009 was scheduled to end 2011.

He pointed out a dispensary project at Kipili Village as one of the seven dispensaries in the district.

The MP noted that government provided 54.4m/- for building the dispensary and 43.6m/- for setting up a mortuary at the health centre. Mr Nkumba decried government's failure to take legal action against the constructor.

"Despite the fact that the contractor is dishonest, government continues awarding him contracts without ensuring that he has completed previous assignments," he said.

He asked the Secretary General of CCM, Mr Kinana to ensure that officials in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare who were involved in the construction of these health facilities are punished for failing to supervise the contractor, Mr Nkumba said.

He said that the health facilities are meant to improve access of quality health services especially for mothers and children in the district in a bid to reduce the numbers of mothers and babies dying due to complications caused by pregnancies.

In a separate development, Mr Nkumba asked government to assist the district in accessing clean water and condemned leaders who do not improve the lives of citizens.

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