JPM scorns critics on city revamping

26Feb 2021
Henry Mwangonde
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
JPM scorns critics on city revamping
  • *Elevates Ilala’s Kumbilamoto to city mayor

ERSTWHILE Ilala municipality mayor, Omar Kumbilamoto was yesterday formally elevated to head the new Ilala City Council in Dar es Salaam region, a decision that was opposed by a section of stakeholders.

Making the announcement during his tour of the city, President John Magufuli remarked that some individuals opposed his decision to automatically name Kumbilamoto as new city mayor.

“I know there are people who had already started campaigning for the position but I say you deserve it,” he told the new city head.

He said Ilala municipality deserved to be elevated to a city because it was leading in revenue collection countrywide.

“Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Ilala for making it to become a city. By the information given by the minister you were supposed to be a city; that means even your mayor and his deputy will be city leaders from today,” he declared.

Launching the new Kisutu refurbished market, he urged the contractor to finish the remaining tasks, highlighting the importance of markets in the agriculture value chain.

Dr Magufuli said during the past five years, his government has constructed 22 markets worth about 199.92bn/- to sort out challenges facing farmers countrywide.

Kisutu market was one among seven strategic projects being implemented in Dar es Salaam including upgrading the markets of Tandale, Magomeni, Kibada, Mburahati, the Vingunguti abattoir and the new Mbezi Luis bus terminal, he stated.

He said the Kisutu market has come at the right time as the previous outlay had infrastructures that were not suitable for the business, with the current market capable of accommodating 1,500 trading units.

The president dissolved the Dar es Salaam City Council and instead turned Ilala municipal into a city authority, underlining the need for representative and administrative cohesion to avoid misuse of public funds.

He said that the city council collected monies from municipal councils of Temeke, Kigamboni, Ilala, Kinondoni and Ubungo without clear mandate in development projects.  The city councilors were receiving allowances without being elected to a city council other than municipal councils, he remarked.

Expenses including salaries, allowances, accommodation and transport incurred by the government to heads of department would now be eliminated by the dissolution of the former apex body, city observers said.

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