By Felix Andrew
THE government has set aside 263bn/- that would be spent to improve rural roads in Tanzania, the Deputy Minister in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Selemani Jaffo, has informed the Parliament today in Dodoma.
Responding to a question asked by Nkasi South Legislator (CCM), Desdurius Mipata, and Deputy Minister Jaffo said the money would be channeled through Tanzania Rural Roads Agency (Tarura).
The MP had wanted to understand government’s plans towards improving rural roads in the country.
Deputy Minister Jaffo said Tanzania was contemplating to evaluate situation of all rural and urban roads and improve them so as to be passable in all weather.
The assessment work will be executed by the newly launched Tanzania Rural- Urban Road Agency.
Launching the agency few months ago, in Dodoma, Prime Minister Kasim Majaliwa said roads under Regional Administration and Local Government (PMO RALG) were the ones propelling the country's economy, explaining that such roads were supposed to be given a priority.
Tarura will oversee all the roads under PMO RALG as the former was established and announced in the Government Gazette no. 211 of June in 2017 after a long time cry from Members of Parliament.
Majaliwa said that the roads had for long looked like ants as some people lacking good ethics, including councilors and directors, would now and then embezzle funds by naming one road more than four times.
Besides that, he said there was bureaucracies regarding the roads, explaining that most of them were reconstructed below standard, he continued by stating that there was nobody to be hold responsible.
"From now on, I do not expect to see the implementation of roads construction, which is below standard while road renovations were being carried out in the same areas, which is something questionable."