Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

7 July 2014

Tanzania: Poor Supervision of Buildings Irks Kilimanjaro RC

Moshi — KILIMANJARO Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Leonidas Gama, has raised concern in the construction of school buildings that are funded by the government and has issued stern warning against the culprits.

Mr Gama expressed his concern on how contractors fail or ignore to supervise the work to the extent that at times some buildings have to be pulled down and projects start afresh, simply because it is government funded.

The clearly annoyed RC gave the warning while touring Ana Mkapa Secondary School at Pasua in Moshi Municipality only to witness what he said he could not stand because the construction was of low quality, dangerous to lives of people and a loss to Public.

Mr Gama said it is high time that engineers who supervise such building make sure they are at site to inspect and revise what is taking place if it is not in accordance to the set technical standards.

He said The government had strong reasons to back all projects with laws, rules and principles, warning that going against them was tantamount to committing criminal offence and the law will have to take its course against all those who are involved in what he termed as rigging.

Construction of dormitories at Ana Mkapa Secondary School is funded by the Government through Secondary School Development Program (SEDP) and it is estimated that till its completion will cots 230m/-.

"All contractors who have been assigned work in specific buildings must make themselves available to the site and supervise the work in accordance to the laws, rules and principles of the land so as to avoid rigging, something that might cause disaster in the future," said Mr Gama.

He ordered inspectors to the building to serve him with a factual statement as to whether they really inspected the bricks used in the construction, as on the face of it he guessed there were no required ration for cement and sand. He presumed that some cement could have been stolen and used for other purposes.

"Integrity must be maintained in the engineering sector. Once you are not an upright engineer you are going to do things that even a common man cannot accept - there are some people who assign tender to some engineers on a 'know who' basis and instead of following the proper procedure, this is not correct and I do not want that system in this region (Kilimanjaro)," warned Mr Gama.

He said the government has been losing its money in many projects because they are effected under very low quality hence after completion or on the course of construction have to be pulled down and start anew.

Mr Gama said the report he was read over did not match with what he saw, so he warned those who are overseeing the project, saying it was not of the required standard and that children studying there could be in danger.

The Director of Tilya Construction Company, Mr Gastor Tilya conceded that there some minor things that could be rectified but noted that are beyond his reach.

On his part, Mr Frank Msuya, who is overseeing the project said they would do everything to make sure it is of the required quality as ordered by the RC.

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