No new districts or regions, vows Magufuli

06Apr 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
No new districts or regions, vows Magufuli

PRESIDENT John Magufuli said yesterday that the government is determined to improve rural infrastructure, insisting on halting plans to create new administrative areas, including regions.


He was addressing a rally after launching the completed 193 kilometer road from Namtumbo to Kilimasera, Matemanga and Tunduru in Ruvuma region.


Dr Magufuli affirmed that the government focus is to find solutions to the many challenges that Tanzanians are facing. Improvements will be directed to education, rural roads, health and water challenges, he declared.


He said that under fifth phase government there will be no forming of new districts and regions since the exercise is costly. Forming new administrative areas will result into more government expenditures to establish new offices as well as paying public officials appointed to administer those areas, he further noted.


“We are determined to ensure real development to our people especially those in the southern parts of the country. We are directing available development funds to improvement of electricity, health and education services,” he told the rally, emphasizing the government’s resolve to continue constructing rural roads at tarmac level.


Dr Magufuli directed Water Minister Prof Makame Mbarawa to closely monitor contractors currently implementing a number of water projects across the country to ensure value for money.


He was concerned that a lot of funds are set aside each year for water projects, but most people were struggling to get clean and safe water.


“Reports from the Finance and Planning Ministry indicate that most water projects are not completed. We must use available water sources to ensure clean and safe water services to our people,” he stated.


Earlier, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Eng Isack Kamwelwe said the construction of the 193 kilometer road from Namtumbo to Tunduru will facilitate transport services across districts in the region as well as open-up  trading opportunities with Mozambique and Malawi.


Eng Kamwele said the 173bn/- road project has been financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which provided 23.24 percent of total funds and the African Development Bank (AfDB) which contributed 63.32 percent of the monies.


He said the government contributed 13.35 percent of the total project cost disbursed through payment of compensation in 2007.


Japanese Ambassador Shinichi Goto promised continued support for the government’s development projects.


“We will continue supporting the government’s development endeavours towards improvement of people’s welfare and poverty alleviation,” the envoy added.