RC warns traders against price hike on construction materials

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Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC), Major Gen Charles Mbuge has warned traders to avoid inflating charges for construction materials as the region was busy constructing classrooms to ensure that no child was left on wayside during 2022.

He issued the warning following reports that some of the traders had inflated charges on a bag of cement from 20,000/- – 23,000/-.

“I have received reports that some of the traders had inflated charges on building materials including a bag of cement from 20,000/–23,000/-. You have to be patriotic.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan recently allocated over 20bn/- to the region for the construction of classrooms. Each of us has a duty to support the government in the implementation of the projects,” he said.

Mr Mbuge hailed the government for allocating over 3.440bn/- for the construction of satellite schools to ensure that no child is left on the wayside during 2022. Equally, he tasked District Executive Directors (DEDs) to make close follow-up and ensure value for money on the projects.

“On behalf of Kagera residents, I thank President Samia Suluhu Hassan for her efforts to improve key sectors in the country including education. At least 43 satellite schools and 172 classrooms were under construction. No child of school going-age will be left on the way-side during next year,” he said.

Giving a breakdown, he said Biharamulo Council will construct 17 satellite schools and 68 classrooms and was allocated with 1.360bn/-, while Ngara DC will get 780m/- to construct six schools and 39 classrooms.

Other councils with funds in brackets include Muleba Council to construct seven satellite schools and 26 classrooms (520m/-), Kyerwa will construct eight schools and 24 classrooms (480m/), Missenyi will construct three schools and ten classrooms (200m/-), while Karagwe DC will construct two satellite schools and five classrooms (100m/).

Major Gen Mbuge further thanked the government for allocating about 14.180bn/- for   constructing 790 classrooms for secondary schools, a project expected to be completed before December 15, this year.

Mr Mbuge explained that while the region’s requirements for classrooms stood at 1,153 those available were 444 (38.5 per cent),  with a shortage of 709  classrooms (about 61.5 per cent).

“We must work day and night and ensure the classrooms are completed before December 30th, this year to accommodate all the students who will be selected to join Form One, next year. All the Councils should ensure value for the money while no excuses will be entertained,” he said.