CCM is decided that no more donor dependency

15Sep 2020
Henry Mwangonde
Chato
The Guardian
CCM is decided that no more donor dependency

​​​​​​​CCM presidential candidate Dr John Magufuli yesterday said his government has been implementing giant infrastructure projects with intent to build a strong economy and get rid of donor dependency.

CCM Secretary General Dr Bashiru Ally.

 

Addressing a campaign rally at Mazaina grounds in his home district of Chato in Geita region Dr Magufuli said he was seeking re-election so that this dream becomes a reality.

He however, said though the projects may not bring immediate results, hopes are alive that by the next ten to 20 years, Tanzania will have a strong economy free of donor dependency.

“I have heard some people saying if elected they will implement projects with funds from donors. Sometime I ask myself for how long will we depend on donors? This country is rich,” he declared.

Major projects launched by the fifth phase government include the Julius Nyerere hydropower project, the Standard Gauge Railway from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza, construction of new airports and purchasing new planes for the national carrier, among others.

Dr Magufuli admitted that the country experienced various challenges ranging from security worries and social disturbances but a lot has been done to address them.

Directing his attention to those who have castigated him for not travelling outside, he said he wants to build strong relationships with Tanzanians who voted for him before going anywhere.

“I have not travelled beyond this continent for the last five years and I will not go anywhere until I finish plans that I have for Tanzanians,” he told an enthusiastic gathering.

Elaborating, he cited the security challenges in the killings in Kibiti district in the Coast region where scores of local government officials and CCM leaders were killed, along with up to 10 police officers.

The incumbent president listed airports that have been renovated and expanded in the last five years as Mwanza, Musoma, Iringa and Chato, shifting to higher education where he said his government spent 450bn/- funding the loan system.

Dr Magufuli who is seeking re-election similarly noted that his government has spent 1.09trn/- to finance free education from primary to secondary school level.

Earlier, CCM Secretary General Dr Bashiru Ally refuted reports that CCM was planning to get more parliamentary seats to change the constitution and let Dr Magufuli add more years to his presidency.

Dr Bashiru said this was the last time he was speaking on the matter saying at no time will the president pursue such objectives.

“Those who are furnishing these rumors are people who have run short of ideas,” he added, motioning that they should be ignored.