Refusing to be counted is not a constructive nor civil alternative, Coastal Regional Commissioner Mwantumu Mahiza , has cautioned cashew nut growers in the region saying all counter efforts are futile and that severe, prompt and very stern measures will be taken against any anti-census rhetoric.
The Coastal Regional Commissioner, urged the growers to exercise patience in favour of a boycott which she said will only hamper national development efforts, defeating the very purpose of the farmers efforts.
The Regional Commissioner was speaking on Tuesday during an in-office press conference held in Kibaha.
“I request all the growers and the public in general to participate fully in the upcoming census, if we are to get accurate and useful demographics…"she said. The national census is scheduled for later this month, August 26th.
Mwantumu, did however admit that some 8290 tonnes of Cashew nut worth well over 12.5bn/- was been stored in state warehouses yet the growers haven’t been paid. She had no plans to offer as to the disbursement of the farmer’s pay but instead reported that the government is well aware of what she referred to as ‘the situation’ and she assured the farmers that efforts to resolve the matter were well underway.
The Regional Commissioner took the opportunity to remind the public on the importance of the upcoming census and she especially made a plea to religious leaders in the region to take responsibility and mobilize their followers towards successful participation.
Observing that she as a devote Muslim will be participating fully in the national census and called on all other Muslims and other faiths to do the same noting that without accurate demographics then national plans become faulty, inadequate and detrimental to the general welfare of the community.