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A contractor who implemented a water Project in Muleba District in Kagera Region has ignored a call to return to the project site to correct deficiencies, TPJ has learnt.

According to the Deputy Minister of Water and Irrigation Jumaa Aweso, who was on official tour in the region to inspect the implementation of water projects, the contractor failed to respond, despite the fact that five letters were written to him pointing out an urgent need for adjustments in the works.

In what appears to echo the concerns expressed by Minister for Water and Irrigation Prof. Makame Mbarawa in October last year who said many water projects belonging to councils were ending up poorly or partly done because of incompetence of contractors, the deputy minister said it was annoying that the TZS. 476 million Katoke Water Project had a number of deficiencies.

“I need the contractor to come here and explain why the project is having problems,” he said adding that the deficiencies meant the value for money objectives were not met.

Mr. Aweso was emphatic that severe measures would be taken against all culprits should evidence emerge pointing to misuse of public funds.

"The government can no longer accept this situation, we will deal severely with all those flouting the procurement law regulations and ending up with poorly executed works. You need to conduct due diligence on each contractor before hiring them", he said.

On October last year, the Minister for Water and Irrigation Prof. Makame Mbarawa claimed many water projects belonging to councils end up poorly or partly done because incompetent contractors implement them after having been contracted dubiously.

The minister made the claim after he inspected Kumbara-Litola, Milonje-Matemanga and Milonde water project in Ruvuma Region, adding that the Government was soon going to move against officials found to be behind dubious hiring of such contractors.  

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