Insure your plants against fire, Bashungwa tells factory owners

20May 2020
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Insure your plants against fire, Bashungwa tells factory owners

MINISTER for Industry and Trade Innocent Bashungwa has called upon owners of industries in the country to ensure their facilities are insured against fire to ease compensation payment.

Bashungwa issued the call at the weekend while on a visit in Karagwe, Kagera Region after inspecting Amri Amir AL-Habssy coffee curing factory that was gutted down by fire and witnessed the destruction of plant and machinery.

It is claimed that the factory was struck by a lightning bolt on May 7 this year that caused electrical fault.

Bashungwa consoled the factory’s director Karim Amri and workers who have now lost their jobs.

"When we have factories we do not know what may happen tomorrow or the day after, as no one expects accidents to happen hence I appeal to all factory owners in the country to insure their facilities against fire and other hazards,” he said.

Earlier the Factory Manager Daniel Ndayanse enumerated the loss incurred from the fire as 1,328,940,000/- to plant and machinery and 49,275,750/- buildings and infrastructures and added that it had 16 permanent workers and between 800 to 1,000 casual workers.

He said, “our factory was a modern one and we were able to cure 50 to 65 tonnes of coffee each day or 800 to 1,000 bags of cured coffee per day.

The factory owner Amri Karim thanked president John Magufuli for putting in place good industrial investment policies.

He also issued a special request to the minister to push their insurers – Britam Insurance to speed up compensation payment so that they buy new equipment so that the factory can resume production in July this year.

Due to rampant fire incidents in Karagwe District, the district’s Defence and Security Committee under its chairman, Karagwe District Commissioner Godfrey Mheruka decided to establish a fire and rescue services station.

This decision prompted Bashungwa to contribute 200 bags of cement towards its construction and appealed to other development stakeholders to do the same.