THE Government is expected to take too court Dutch shipping contractor for failing to complete the building of MV Mtwara, three years after it was handed the tender.
Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam where he was on an official tour of several projects, the Minister for Works, John Magufli said that the Dutch contractor, Scheepsbouw noord nederland b.v. failed to complete the tender.
He said that since the contractor failed to honour the agreement, government is planning to drag the company to court, where they are expected to return the 15 per cent fee received when they accepted the job.
The minister said tgovernment then awarded the contract to a local company, Songoro Marine Transport Limited of Mwanza, who after only three months are ready to put final touches on the ferry.
Briefing the minister on the progress of the ferry, Vitus Bujimu of Songoro company said that completion of the vessel is expected to be by the end of this month, and they are currently waiting for the engine which is expected to arrive tomorrow before the boat is transported by road to Mtwara region.
He advised workers who worked under the previous company to open a case in court against the Dutch company for failing to pay them their dues, and said government will support their move.
The minister also visited the construction site of the Kigamboni Bridge which is expected to connect the Dar es Salaam Central business district to Kigamboni ward across the Kurasini creek.
Construction of the bridge began in 2012, and according to the contractors, they assured the minister that it will be ready by July next year, but the minister urged them to complete the construction by June, one month earlier.
Government granted a six month extension period, and the extension came after the firm encountered technical hurdles in installing pillars to support the bridge.
The firm was supposed to complete the bridge in January 2015 but with the extension it means the bridge shall be ready in July 2015.
According to the contractors, construction of the bridge is already completed by 60 per cent while road construction from both sides only 30 per cent is complete.
The minister said that so far 117 billion shillings have been used for the project which is expected to cost over 214 billion/- until its completion later next year.