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Kilwa Road reconstruction to commence next month

24th April 2012
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Works deputy minister Dr Harrison Mwakyembe

Kilwa road reconstruction in Dar es Salaam will commence next month, the House heard yesterday.

Reacting to a basic question by Amina Abdulla Amour (Special Seats, CUF), Works deputy minister Dr Harrison Mwakyembe said the government had refused to accept the current road because it wasn’t built to acceptable standards.

In her basic question, the MP had wanted to know if reconstruction works for a section of the road from Kurasini to Mbagala Rangi Tatu had been done through Japanese support and if the contractor had already handed the road over to the government.

The deputy minister said construction of the current road was completed in September 30, 2009 and the time for the contractor to oversee the road lapsed in September 30, last year.

Dr Mwakyembe said the government had refused to receive the road from the contractor and it demanded that it should be rebuilt.

“The contractor Kajima Corporation has agreed to reconstruct 5.1 kilometers of the road at its own cost. Consultant engineer Ingerosec has also agreed to supervise the reconstruction at its own cost,” said Dr Mwakyembe.

He informed the House that Works Minister and Japanese ambassador to Tanzania had signed the agreement on the Kilwa road reconstruction and released a report on their agreement on January 4 this year.

Meanwhile, the government has said the Kyimo-Ikuti-Luswisi road in Rungwe has been rehabilitated routinely every year since 2007/2008.

Dr Mwakyembe said this when reacting to a basic question by Prof David Mwakyusa, who had wanted to know when the government would repair the road and when the government would upgrade it to the tarmac level.

The deputy minister said the government had set 2,299.6m/- for the purpose since the 2007/08 annual budget.

He said due to financial constraints that the government was facing at the moment; there was no plan to construct the road to the tarmac level.

However, he said that the ministry, through the Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroads) in Mbeya would continue to make routine repairs on the road every year.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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