Magufuli orders for the demolition of the head office of state-owned electricity firm

Magufuli stated that no one is above the law,not even the government.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has ordered for the demolition of the headquarters of the state-owned electric supply firm, Tanesco.

The Citizen reports that the President has directed the Tanzania National Road Agency (Tanroads) to put an X mark on the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd (Tanesco) headquarters in the capital Dar es Salaam so it can be demolished -- as it sits on a road reserve.

This will pave way for a contractor of the TSh188 billion (Sh8.6 billion) Ubungo Interchange project to officially start work.

Magufuli issued the directive stating that on Wednesday on his tour of the site, stating the law must always be supreme and that not even the government must be above it.

“The Road Reserve Act requires that one should not build within 90 metres from the middle of the road on either side of it. We must respect the law so that the Interchange Project can be implemented without hindrances,” said Dr Magufuli, who was in the company of Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan and Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda.

Speaking during the event, a consultant engineer for the Ubungo Interchange, Mr Reginald Kayanga, said actual construction is scheduled to start next month.

The Ubungo Interchange will connect Sam Nujoma, Nelson Mandela and Morogoro roads in Ubungo municipality.

Over 1,300 houses, public buildings and houses of prayers have been demolished in the past few months by Tanroads to pave the way for the expansion of the Kimara-Kiluvya section of Morogoro Road.

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