Wednesday October 13, 2010 Local News Four-lane plan for Dar es Salaam - Morogoro highway By DAILY NEWS Reporter, 12th October 2010 @ 16:00, Total Comments: 3, Hits: 579 A UNITED States firm, C & Properties and Partners, has shown interest in undertaking an expansion work on the Dar es Salaam-Morogoro highway, notorious for traffic accidents, to four lanes. The Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Mr Mustafa Mkulo, and the firm's head, Mr Meir Kohen, had exchanged an initial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the project, a statement said on Tuesday. Speaking on behalf of the Tanzanian government at the ceremony, the minister told the firm's management: "We've received your application for the project with great pleasure and we are happy to learn that you've agreed to invest as we wished. "But kindly give us two weeks beginning in October 10, 2010 to enable us prepare for you a comprehensive report on the road project from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro as we anticipate to get further details on it from the Ministry of Infrastructure Development as well as views from the government in general," he said. After receiving the government report, the New York-based firm will require six months to undertake a feasibility study on the project as well as visit the country to see what to do and to get expert advice. In case the firm was unable to accomplish the study within the specified period, the government would be obliged to grant it another 90 days, said the statement. "To cope with the current trend of joint business undertakings, it is better to involve the participation of the private sector," said Mr Meir. The statement said since the project was self-funding, the shareholding structure is expected to stand at between 75 and 80 per cent for the private sector and between 20 and 25 for the government. "This is a large and unique project whose cost would be determined after the completion of the feasibility study," said the statement. My Take: Hizo kazi siku hizi zinatolewa mitaani tu bila kutumia Sheria ya Manunuzi ya Uma? Hiyo kampuni ya Kimarekani inaingiaje Memorandum of Understanding na serikali bila ushindani? Tutajuaje kuwa gharama ya mradi haitawapendelea hao 'waewkezaji' na kutunyonga sisi kama ilivyo kwenye mikataba ya madini? Mimi nanusa raundi mpya ya ufisadi kwa kipindi cha lala salama cha JK.