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JK directive on demolition ‘to take longer’

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    JK directive on demolition ‘to take longer’ Saturday, 30 April 2011 22:31

    By Edward Qorro
    The Citizen reporter

    Demolition of a complex built on the Jangwani open space will have to wait a bit longer, pending directives from the Regional Administration and Local Government ministry (Tamisemi).

    The revelation comes hardly a month since President Jakaya Kikwete ordered the pulling down of an iron sheet fenced structure at the grounds in Dar es Salaam, said to belong to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

    Ilala Municipal Council director Gabriel Fuime told The Citizen on Sunday that the project was under Tamisemi’s docket and funded by the World Bank (WB). It was thus wise to wait for their approval, he suggested, explaining:

    “Many stakeholders are involved in this project; we should not rush into bringing down the structure. It is thus imperative to wait for more directives from Tamisemi.”

    Mr Fuime added that the Chinese firm had also set aside enough funds for completing the project, and demolishing it would be a big blow to the firm. The firm has been commissioned to construct the first phase of the Dar es Salaam Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) infrastructure, whose employer is the Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroads) under WB funding.

    For his part, the CCECC project manager, Mr Lin Hongneng, said he was dismayed by the directive as his firm was about to start ground works. He thought that there must be confusion arising from the government, Tanroads and the Ilala Municipal Council.