Dr Magufuli pledges to revive industries in Kilimanjaro Region

22Oct 2020
Henry Mwangonde
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Dr Magufuli pledges to revive industries in Kilimanjaro Region

CCM presidential candidate Dr John Magufuli yesterday pledged to revive industries in Kilimanjaro to retain the region’s lost glory of being a home to factories as well as a source of raw materials for export.

Speaking during a campaign rally at Ushirika grounds in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region  Dr Magufuli said the region was well known in the past for being an industrial and agricultural region which employed many people but now everything has changed due to various reasons.

In his address, Dr Magufuli said upon re-election the first thing he will do is to finance the revival of all major industries including building new ones to strategically process crops such coffee which is grown in the area to a large extent.

“I want to take Moshi and Kilimanjaro region as a whole back to its hay day , this will be a task that I will work on just upon re-election.   It is time we woke up,” Dr Magufuli told thousands of voters who thronged the grounds.

According to Dr Magufuli a lot has happened in the last five years including construction of roads and health centres.

He said his government will finalise the construction of district hospitals at Siha and  Rombo starting next year adding that a lot are in the pipeline for the region.

He added that in the next five years, his government will work on finding a way to process coffee so that it is exported   instead of the current situation where it is exported raw.

He took time to request the voters to vote for CCM Members of Parliament saying the region has been in the opposition hands for a long time a move that was derailing  development.  

Earlier, Dr Magufuli held   rallies at Mwanga and Himo in Kilimanjaro Region where he ordered a contractor for the Nyumba ya Mungu water dam which has not been completed since 2017 to watch his steps or else face the law.

He gave a 30 days ultimatum to the contractor to speed up construction   while at the same time directing the minister for water to follow up on the matter.

He said among the plans was the revival of the northern railway line from Dar es Salaam to Arusha which has not been operating for years.