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Fund shelves development projects in Z`bar

3rd April 2012

The Agakhan Development Network has suspended all of its projects in various sectors in Zanzibar.

This was revealed by Zanzibar Minister for Lands, Human Settlements, Water and Energy, Ali Juma Shamuhuna, when responding to a question posed by Kwamtipura Representatives Hamza Hassan Juma in the Zanzibar House of Representative currently holding its sessions at Chukwani.

However, the Minister said he was unaware of the reasons for the Fund to suspend the projects.

Among projects which received funds from the development network, include rehabilitation and development of public spaces, particularly the Forodhani Park and rehabilitation of old historical sites at Msige.

Regarding the Forodhan Orphanage Building, the Minister said the House would be turned into a museum after all the children had been transferred to other centres.

“We are implementing the order given by former President Amani Abeid Karume that the building should be changed into a museum,” said Shamhuna.

“The government is working on changing ownership of the building from the Ministry of Health to the Stone Town Conservation and Development Authority,” informed Shamuhuna.

Currently, he said, some businessmen have hired parts of the building to run restaurant. “But I am not aware how much rent those businessmen are paying. I will work on it and bring the answer in writing,” he noted.

The Minister said further that his office was soliciting funds through donors to rehabilitate the building before establishing a museum.

Earlier, the representative had wanted to know if the directive that was given by former Karume on changing the use of the house into museum has been fulfilled.

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