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  • The renovation of the Mwanza Airport, which kicked off seven years has reached 87 per cent, it was revealed on Thursday, May 23 in Parliament

Dar es Salaam. The renovation of the Mwanza Airport, which kicked off seven years ago has reached 87 per cent, this was revealed on Thursday, May 23 in Parliament.

Works, Transport and Communications deputy minister Elias Kwandika said the rehabilitation involved widening of a 45- meter width runway from 3,300 meters to 3,800 meters, construction of a control tower, cargo building, upgrading of aprons, taxways, power station and observatory station.

He said on October 2012 the government entered a Sh89.3 billion worth pact with the Beijing Construction Engineering Group Company Ltd for the construction, upgrading and construction of the Mwanza airport infrastructures.       

Out of the total sum, government was to pay 82.5 per cent, with development partners contributing to the rest.

 “Until March, 2019 the construction had reached 87 per cent. Work is in progress and the contractor is set to complete the project next month,” said Mr Kwandika.

He further added that the government was also in talks with development partners who showed interest to finance the construction of the Mwanza Airport’s modern passenger terminal building, to match with the aforementioned airport upgrading and rehabilitation.

“We are optimistic the construction activities would kick off on October this year,” disclosed Mr Kwandika.