THE government intends to get a soft loan from the
Transport Minister Dr
Dr Mwakyembe said the bank through the
He added that following the readiness of
Dr Mwakyembe told the national assembly that the earlier estimates by Chinese firms-
"The costs for the construction of the berths in question pegged at
Dr Mwakyembe noted further that besides, the project which aimed at constructing bigger berths to allow vessels as big as
"We also discovered that so many other things were not included in the contractor's plan and we realized that the contractor had no good intention," he said.
He added that TPA would follow legal procedures in terminating the contract entered with the two Chinese firms and the matter was now in the office of the attorney general for legal advice.
In another development, the minister ordered TPA to take measures against two contractors-M/S MODSPAN and CANNOPY for abandoning construction of berths at lake Tanganyika and Nyasa respectively.
Dr Mwakyembe noted that M/S MODSPAN was contracted to construct Karema, Lagosa and Sibwesa berths at lake Tanganyika but has abandoned the work. he added that another contractor- M/S CANNOPY who was awarded tender for the construction of berths at Kagunga in lake Tanganyika and Kiwira in lake Nyasa has also abandoned the work prematurely.
He noted that various actions which the TPA has been ordered to take includes the fresh announcement of the tenders and make sure that contractors start work by August this year and complete the work in July next year. Already, tenders have been announced last month.
The TPA has also been ordered to take legal measures by suing the companies in question to the
He also ordered TPA to recall the advance guarantee and performance bonds for the compensation of some of the costs, adding that already it has been discovered that M/S CANNOPY presented to TPA fake documents.
"TPA has been ordered to sue the company and investigate the conditions in which its officials accepted fake bonds," he said.
The minister asked the national assembly to approve 527,933,790,000/- out of which 93,306,391,000/- is for recurrent expenditures and 434,627,399,000/- is for development projects.
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