A Tanzanian cabinet minister on Wednesday expressed his disappointment over the poor state of most of the water projects constructed across the nation.
Makame Mbarawa, the Minister for Water and Irrigation, told the National Assembly in the capital Dodoma that 88 water projects constructed between 2010 and 2015 did not meet required standards.
“The government is currently investigating all the water projects constructed in the country and where negligence will be revealed, all those responsible will face the full force of law,” said Mbarawa.
Mbarawa said despite the shortcomings identified in the projects, the government will still provide funds to complete them in efforts aimed at ensuring that the public was supplied with clean and safe water.
Mbarawa was answering a Member of Parliament, Anthony Komu, who asked the government what steps it was taking on water contractors who performed below standards.
Komu observed that the government has implemented a water project in Mbokomu ward but there were water leaks causing shortage of water in many areas covered by the project.
In March, Mbarawa said financial constraints were likely to derail the second phase of implementation of the Water Sector Development Program.
Mbarawa said out of the planned 3.3 billion U.S. dollars, the government has so far only mobilized an estimated amount of 1.9 billion U.S. dollars.
“The government is still soliciting other sources of financing to achieve our program,” said Mbarawa. Enditem