JPM vows to work on coffee market hurdles

16Sep 2020
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
JPM vows to work on coffee market hurdles

CCM presidential candidate Dr John Magufuli yesterday promised to address challenges facing the coffee crop especially the lack of reliable markets as he appealed to residents of Kagera Region to vote for him in next month’s general election.

Dr Magufuli made the assurance while addressing a public rally at Kemondo in Bukoba municipality. Coffee is a key cash crop for Kagera Region.

“I know there are challenges facing coffee growers in this region, we want to address it as soon as we are elected , and that is why I called the minister for Trade and Industry whose letter directed permanent secretaries to come here,” he said.

The ruling party candidate is expected to address another rally today as he continues with his campaign trail in Lake Zone regions.

Dr Magufuli, who is seeking re-election, said it was time to address all the challenges facing the crop which is the main source of income for the region, noting that his government was committed to ensuring that farmers in the region adequately benefit from the crop.

He said 20 years after the MV Bukoba tragic sinking, people of Kemondo have no safe mode of transport on the lake.

He promised the people of Kagera Region in general and Kemondo in particular a new ship bigger than MV Victoria that would transport people and goods from the area to other places.

He said he wants to transform Kemondo into a port area so that people of the area can benefit and hence improve their economic prospects, underlining that he knows the challenges facing people of the area.

It was due to this that he sent an engineer from the same area to build a road from Katerero to Ngono River, he elaborated.

“We want people from Kemondo to move to Mwanza, Jinja in Uganda, Kisumu in Kenya then Musoma in Mara region and back home freely with the coming of the new ship,” said Dr Magufuli.

On a request by parliamentary aspirant for Bukoba Rural, Jason Rweikiza (CCM) who requested him to connect Bukoba Rural district to the national grid, Dr Magufuli said as soon as he is sworn in he will work on the matter.

On water, Dr Magufuli said it was sad that Kemondo is just on the shores of the lake but had no safe drinking water, promising that upon re-election he will address the challenge.

 The government upon resumption will assign officials in the Ministry of Water to quickly address water challenges in Kagera, he added.