President Jakaya Kikwete has applauded the pace and quality of the work being done on the Kikwete Bridge over Malagarasi River in Kigoma region.
After being briefed by the acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Eng. John Ndunguru, about the project recently, President Kikwete was pleased to note that more that eighty nine percent of the first phase of the project, which started on 10 December 2010, was complete.
President Kikwete said construction of the Kikwete Bridge was very impressing, commending the Ministry of Works for its tireless efforts to make the implementation status a reality.
On his part, Eng. Ndunguru highlighted that the construction of the bridge is expected to be completed by December, 2013. “Currently, the task is eighty nine percent complete,” he said.
Eng. Ndunguru added that the second phase of the construction project of Kikwete Bridge commenced in January, 2013. He said the contractor of the project was in the process of buying construction materials. He explained that the process was delayed for a short period due to late disbursement of funds from Economic Development Corperation Fund (EDCF). He added that the contractor had asked for extended period for the construction process to compensate for the time lost.
Eng. Ndunguru said that completion of the project would pave way for completion of other road projects currently underway, namely; Kigoma - Kidahwe (28 kms), Kidahwe - Uvinza (76.6 kms), Uvinza - Malagarasi (54 kms), Malagarasi - Chagu (48 kms) and Chagu - Kazilambwa (36 kms). He named other projects as Kazilambwa - Kaliua (50 kms), Kaliua - Urambo (36 kms) and Urambo - Tabora (94 Kms).