by Kevin Davids
The reconstruction of Mandela market in Sumbawanga Town, Rukwa region which was reduced to ashes on December 26, 2016 is set to cost nearly $1m upon its completion before the end of the financial year. During his tour to the town in October last year, President John Magufuli directed Sumbawanga Municipal Council to allocate $129,853 from its domestic revenues for rebuilding damaged business structures for the fire victims.
He further gave a one month ultimatum to the municipality to construct damaged business structures. He also ordered the council to allocate business areas for the victims with immediate effect. “Victims should not be disturbed or forced to pay revenues until the construction of their destroyed business structures are built,” said the president.
According to the tender which was issued mid-last year, the Sumbawanga Municipal Council intends to apply for a loan from the Tanzania Investment Bank towards the cost of the Proposed Construction of Mandela Modern Market in Sumbawanga Municipality. It also plans to apply part of the proceeds of this loan to cover eligible payments under the contract for Construction of Mandela Modern Market.
Tendering was conducted through the National Competitive Tendering procedures specified in the Public Procurement Regulations, Government Notice No.446 of 2013 as amended in 2016 and was open to National Tenderers only as defined in the Regulations. The Mandela market is manned by Sumbawanga Municipal Council.