JPM hails Z’bar leaders for good work by GNU

15Jan 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Chato
The Guardian
JPM hails Z’bar leaders for good work by GNU

​​​​​​​PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday hailed Zanzibar First Vice President Seif Sharif Hamad for joining the Isles Government of National Unity (GNU), expressing the hope that his vast experience will spur development there.

President John Magufuli welcomes Zanzibar First Vice President Seif Sharif Hamad (L) to Chato State House in Geita Region yesterday, as Zanzibar President Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi looks on. Photo: State House

Speaking at a ceremony to welcome Zanzibar President Dr Hussein Mwinyi in Chato District, Geita region, Dr Magufuli said Hamad worked with previous governments and leaders, and that his contribution is already showing results in the good work being done by GNU.

He said the opposition leader’s wealth of experience will help Dr Mwinyi steer Zanzibar on the right path and deliver quality services as per the promises made during the general election campaign.

Seeking to assert the pace of union institutions, he said that Seif Sharif will serve GNU freely with his whole heart,  alerting him not to be surprised if  the Union president invites him to open some projects in the Mainland.

Hamad, the national chairman of the main opposition party in the Isles, ACT-Wazalendo, was Dr Mwinyi’s main challenger in the October 28 poll whose outcome was contested by the opposition, before agreeing to join GNU three weeks later.

It took his party weeks of consultations before the central committee announced that it allowed Hamad to be part of the GNU following an appeal by Dr Mwinyi. He reserved the slot after appointing his cabinet, underlining that GNU is an aspect of the constitutional blueprint for the Isles since 2010.

President Magufuli also congratulated Dr Mwinyi for a good start in leading Zanzibar, citing increased revenue collection as one of his early successes.

“I congratulate Mwinyi for a job well done. Corruption is being fought hard and every coin being collected is being directed at development projects that benefit the people,” the president enthused.

Dr Magufuli said when he was informed that Dr Mwinyi intended to visit him; he was happy to welcome him as he had already seen some results in these early days of his administration in Zanzibar.

He promised the two leaders that the Union government will accord them all the support they need to make Zanzibar a true paradise it is supposed to be.

“There is no Zanzibar without Tanzania and there is no Tanzania without Zanzibar. As president of the union, I assure you the support you need and I will never leave you alone,” he pledged.

President Magufuli used the opportunity to call for reconciliation and healing of the wounds inflicted by both sides due to ideological differences during the last general election.

He called upon political groups in Unguja and Hamad’s backyard of Pemba to bury the hatchet and live together as brothers and sisters because political differences are now a thing of the past since Hamad is the First Vice President of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.

Meanwhile, First Vice President Hamad called upon Tanzanians to take care of projects currently being implemented in their localities to help address challenges caused by poor infrastructure.

He made the call yesterday when he inspected the construction of the Kigongo-Busisi bridge in Mwanza on his way to Chato in Geita region.

The 3.2 kilometer bridge billed at 700bn /- is expected to turn the area into a busy area economically, upon completion..

Maalim Seif hailed the government for the project, saying it is in line with government efforts to develop the well being of the people through infrastructure development.

“I congratulate President Magufuli for seeing the importance of connecting these regions with other countries. This is a strategic project and when completed, it will help our people,” he said.

Briefing the Zanzibar First VP, the  acting regional manager for Tanzania National Roads Agency (TanRoads) for Mwanza, Vedastus Maribe, said the bridge will connect Usagara, Sengerema  and Geita as part of the Lake Victoria corridor from Sirari at the border with Kenya to Mutukula, on the Ugandan border..

Last July, the government signed a contract with two Chinese companies for the construction ofthe a 3.2 kilometer bridge, to be built in the course of four years, and slated to become the longest bridge in the country.

The facility will enable people in the surrounding regions and reduce ferry waiting time from two and half hours to just four minutes, TanRoads officials affirm.

With a capacity for 180 tonnes at any particular moment, the bridge shall permit an increase in the number of vehicles traversing the corridor daily from 1,200 to an estimated 12,000 vehicles over time, making Mwanza city a commercial hub for the Lake Zone and neighboring countries, they added. Read More...https:/epaper.ippmedia.com

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