PETS inspires refurbishment of 11 rural roads in Lindi

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Public Expenditure Tracking System (PETS) exercise conducted by the Lindi Regional Association (LANGO) is said to have inspired the refurbishment of a total of 11 rural roads. 

Explaining to participants of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) joint monitoring tour of projects in Lindi in early October - comprising of some FCS Board of Directors, the Management and representatives from the Development Partners and the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children - the Executive Secretary of LANGO, Sharrif Maloya, said through organised reality checks on the roads - along with the citizens, councilors and village officials - the local authority eventually heeded their call and worked to improve the ‘deserted’ roads – so as to be passable throughout the year.

In need to know more, Nicholus Leader, from the Department of International Development (DFID) had asked: “How did the PETS exercise bring about changes?”

Giving a detailed account of the matter, Mr. Maloya said: “We first started to train the citizens, local councilors and village leaders on their roles and responsibilities in monitoring public funds and later on organised field visits to inspect the ‘earmarked’ roads based on the information that was gathered from the local authority – indicating that the roads were refurbished. But our reality check through the field visits discovered that some roads were actually not refurbished as stated, while in other places there was poor implementation of projects.”

He also said all the ‘reality checks’ and follow ups under PETS exercise were facilitated following improved relations that the organisation had built through dialogues and regular contacts with citizens, legislators and the local authority.

Thus giving some examples – through pictorial illustrations - indicating the situation before and after the PETS exercise, Mr. Maloya said as a result their intervention a 14km Liwale to Mbaya road, Mavuji to Mchakama road as well as Lokongowele culverts had been renovated, while the Mbaya to Mtalango road has already been earmarked for refurbishment between Oct 2014 and February 2015.

He also said as a result of the PETS exercise conducted with the aim of ultimately improving the quality of roads and infrastructure in Lindi - a new science laboratory, eight cubic pit latrines, one water tank and two teachers’ houses have already been constructed at Mbaya Secondary school.

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