Dodoma — Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Mr Aggrey Mwanri.
THE government is working in collaboration with a German bank -KFW- in implementing a water project for Tunduma town which is expected to cost 22bn/-.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Mr Aggrey Mwanri, told the National Assembly that the government was dedicated to ensuring that residents of the area had access to tap water.
He was responding to a question by David Silinde (Mbozi West - Chadema) who wanted to know how far the government had gone in implementing a pledge made by President Jakaya Kikwete during campaigns in the general election for 2010 to provide tap water to residents of Tunduma and Momba townships.
"When will the pledge be implemented now that two years are remaining for President Kikwete's term of office to expire," he asked. "Tunduma needs 22bn/- to supply tap water and we have a big project going on there in collaboration with the German Development Bank (KfW)," he said.
Mr Mwanri noted that the government was sincere by promising to provide its people with clean and safe water for the betterment of their health.
"Our people in various areas are suffering from diseases that are waterborne, the government will make efforts to ensure that clean and safe water is available for the betterment of their health," he said.
He noted that during fiscal year 2013/14 the government had set aside 184.5m/- for implementation of water projects in Tunduma town, which was spent on the construction and repair of water infrastructure that benefited 3,896 people.
"The ministry of water has also conducted a feasibility study for a grand project expected to cost 22bn/- under which a total of three big water wells will be drilled including construction of distribution infrastructure," he said.
He noted that Momba district was incorporated in the Big Results Now (BRN) initiative where two projects of Kamsamba, which will cost 1bn/-, and Chitet,e which will cost 8bn/-, would be implemented.
Mr Mwanri noted that the move aimed at ending water woes in the headquarters of the district located in Kitete and its neighbourhood.
"In 2014/15 some 440m/- was put aside for water projects in the district through a water, cleanness and environment programme," he said.
Dickison Kilufi (Mbarali-CCM), in a supplementary question, wanted to know when the government would implement a water project from Wanging'ombe to Mbarali.
Responding to the question, Deputy Minister for Water, Mr Amos Makalla, said the government had set aside a budget for implementation of the project in the coming financial year.