WanaJambo wenzangu naomba kuwatumia salaam za mwaka mpya 2008.... Ni matumaini yangu kuwa huu utakuwa mwaka mwingine wa kuelimishana na kushauriana (pia in a way kuwashauri walioshika mpini) katika maendeleo ya nchi yetu tuipandayo, Tanzania. Leo nimesoma habari kwenye "Thisday, 07 January 2008" (article attached below) na kwa kweli nina mengi sana ya kujiuliza. Maswali yenyewe ni haya: 1. Hao makandarasi waliokuwa "shortlisted" wote ni wa KiChina, hivi yale makampuni ya zamani yaliyojenga barabara tunzojivunia leo Nyerere/Port Access (Mowlem), Chalinze-Tanga (KAPICO), Moshi-Arusha (Astaldi - nadhani) na nyingine nyingi tu wameishia wapi?? Au ni Procurement procedure yetu "Ya cha juu" imefukuza nchi zote tukabaki na hawa WaChina pekee?? 2. Siku hizi inaonekana WaChina wametawala "road construction industry" lakini ufanisi wao ni mbovu sana. Hebu tuangalie "Sam Nujoma in Dar, Mwanza-Shinyanga road, Somanga-Matandu in Pwani, Singida-Manyoni road na nyingine nyingi za karibuni utasikia ni China Geo, China Engineering, SIETCO, nk..... Siku hizi ukisikia KONOIKE basi ujue ni zile za msaada wa Serikali ya Japani.... Kuna kitu hapa.... 3. Nijuavyo mimi uki "float bid" kwa miradi mikubwa kamaa lazima uanze na "expression of interest"; au kama tayari una listi ya makandarasi then utafanya "direct invitation"..... Sasa hii bid eti imefikia mpaka hatua ya kufungua "Finacial Proposals" ina maan "Technical Proposals" zilifunguliwa na ikaonekana wote wapo qualified (sheria is unafungua "Tech Props" na kama wamefikia kiwango then unafungua only the "Financial Props" kutoka kwa wale waliofikia viwango. Sasa leo wakubwa watatuambia nini kuhusu hili?? 4. Hii barabara imekatwakatwa sana kupunguza gharama, ni approach nzuri lakini tatizo ni kwamba kila kipande (30 - 60km length) kimekuwa designed na mhandisi tofauti, je kuna any life span analysis done based on design life, traffic increment, quality/type of construction ili iwe built into the main maintenance/rehabilitation plans in the future?? Isije ikawa wakati jamaa wengine wanajenga Mingoyo-Mbwemkuru section tayari Nangulukuru-Kiwawa section imeshakufa and ile construction traffic ya kipande cha Mbwemkuru-Mingoyo ika overload and kusababisha premature failure ya section iliyoisha as the construction traffic was not built into the plan!!?? Hapo juu kwenye item 1, 2 & 3 kwa mtazamo wangu kuna zaidi ya explanation iliyotolewa na ninaweza kusema kuna gharufu ya rushwa hapo na ilipoonekana itashitukiwa basi watu wakaamua kupinga na kufuta zoezi zima katika dakika za majeruhi..... kama sivyo basi tunaomba maelezo ya msingi (hapo wahusika kama mpo) Kikubwa ni kwamba mimi kama mTanzania mwenye uchungu nashangaa pale tunapofanya vitu "Fire fighting style" bila kuangalia na kuoanisha mipango na utekelezaji wake. Hili litatuweka kwenye wakati mgumu sana huko mbeleni ikiwemo kutingiza kwenye hasara zisizokuwa na mpango wowote... Mheshimiwa Raisi amesisitiza kuwa lazima barabara za kuunganisha mikoa zitakuwa katika kiwango cha lami, swali ni kwamba, Je kiwango cha lami kinachofikia viwango au ni lipua lipua lipu kukata "silesi" kisha mambo yanakuwa sawa na kujaza maji kwenye gunia?? Naomba mnisaidie manake ndio maana nimeuliza, "Je wataalam wetu wa mabarabara wanaangalia mbele au ni hapa hapa usoni tu kufurahisha kadamnasi, ni kutokujua na mambo ya kitu kidogo?" Quote from Thisday, 07 January 2008 Finns Facts: Save the south from further punishment by completing Ndundu-Somanga road Reports that Ministry of Infrastructure Development has once again suspended a tender seeking a contractor to complete a 60 kilometres Ndundu-Somaga road stretch to bitumen standards is another major setback against the Fourth Phase Governments promise to ensure that people can travel from Dar es Salaam to Lindi and Mtwara by road with ease. In a letter dated December 31, 2007 with a copy to Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA), the ministrys permanent secretary Dr. Enos Bukuku, said tender No. MOID/13/ of 2006/07, was suspended despite the advanced stage reached to seal the final contract. Dr. Bukuku said pursuant to regulation 20(3) of the Public Procurement Regulations (G.N. No. 97 of 2005) and in terms of section 54 of the Public Procurement Act, 2004 the ministry as a procuring entity has power to cancel or reject all tenders prior to awarding the contract not withstanding the stage reached in the proceedings leading to the conclusion of the contract. Justifying the decision to cancel the tender for the 60km stretch of road which has seen similar floated tenders aborted twice in the past 36 months, the ministrys highest civil servant justified the latest decision by arguing that all submitted tenders did not satisfy the criteria for the award of the contract as set out in the tender document. At the time of the decision to cancel the tender, four companies had been short-listed and their offer to construct the 60km road ranged in price between 38bn/- and 54bn/- against the governments allocated 39bn/-. Its unclear why the tender had to be canceled and which tender conditions did the companies fail to meet bearing in mind that the process had reached such an advanced stage. The four bidding companies and their offers were Sino Hydro Corporation Limited which submitted the lowest bid of 38bn/-, China Henan International which offered to do the job for 40bn/-, China Ching Qing demanded payment of 43bn/- and M.A. Kharafi and Sons which demanded payment of 54bn/- to do the job. The governments 39bn/- for the road came from a Kuwait Fund loan. While on a visit to the southern regions last year, President Jakaya Kikwete promised residents of the south that work on Ndundu-Somanga road which has since John Magufulis years as Works Minister, been derailed, will be completed on schedule with additional funding from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the governments counterpart funding. There is need for officials at Ministry of Infrastructure led by Minister Andrew Chenge himself and Dr. Bukuku to consider this project a priority by ensuring that the contractor is picked as soon as possible and work on the project starts. The southern regions have long suffered to get a better road linking them to the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam and other main towns of the country. As the rainy season once again gathers strength, let the responsible authorities take proper action to make sure that come next rainy season, southerners can drive back home of bitumen road covering Ndundu-Somanga. Trivial issues of personal gain should not take priority from the interests of the vast majority of Tanzanians. As Minister Chenge promised in his 2007/8 budget, let this 60km stretch of road network be constructed to bitumen standard by a competent contractor that falls within the margin of government budget. No contractors from wherever including those with close links to the external financiers should impose their own conditions to the ministry to be accommodated under whatever circumstances. Ultimately, the loans we get will be repaid by Tanzanian taxpayers who badly need the road now.