Zanzibar Minister for Information, Tourism and Heritage Mahmoud Thabit Kombo made the commitment yesterday when speaking in the House of Representatives. Kombo was summing up and responding to various issues raised by members of the House of Representatives for the 2020/21 budget estimates.
He said already the government had initiated tourism programmes aims to benefit the citizens and realise economic strides.
According to Kombo, the Isles’ government intends to develop Micheweni north area to become among attractive sites for tourists where big tourist hotels will be built.
He conceded of the delay in the growth of the tourism sector in Pemba Island due to various reasons including lack of good roads and power infrastructures.
“We call on Pemba residents to mobilise themselves to lure tourists whose main is to benefit them and increase the nation’s income,” he said.
Kombo also called on the residents not to sell away their land plots, including those along the beach to investors and should instead follow the government advice striking joint ventures with the investors.
“In such joint ventures you will also benefit from your shares during your entire life and those of your future generations,” he told them.
A Representative from Chake Chake, Suleiman Sarahani said Pemba residents were ready to join hands to beef up tourism after the development of various infrastructures including good roads and power supply.
The House endorsed the ministry’s budget estimates of 20.38bn/- of which 14.29bn/- is for recurrent expenditure and 6.10bn/- for development expenditure.