Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Hamad Masauni told the House that it was the government plan to improve housing facilities for the police officers in accordance with the availability of funds.
He said that the government is aware of the critical shortage of housing units facing the forces and has initiated efforts to meet the challenges facing them.
"In solving this problem, the government has continued with its efforts to carry out major renovations to some of the existing housing units and constructing new ones," he told the House.
He was responding to a question by Special Seats MP, Mwanne Mchemba (CCM) who had wanted to know what the government was doing to improve housing facilities for the forces, especially prison wardens.
“Prison wardens, countrywide live in poor houses and the government is not doing enough to improve the units. Can you tell the National Assembly what is going on?” she said.
She also wanted to know how many of such houses will be built in Tabora Region. The minister however responded that unfortunately no funds had been allocation for the region.
Masauni said the demand for housing units for Tanzania Prisons stands at 14,500, while at the moment only 4,221 were available. The shortage, he said, stands at 10,279 housing units, forcing most of the prison wardens to live outside barracks.
He reported that the government has signed a contract with a Chinese company, Poly Technologies, to construct 9,500 housing units in all prison centres in the country.
Giving breakdown of the allocation of housing units per region, Masauni said 472 units have been earmarked for the Tanzania Prisons headquarters in Dar es Salaam, Arusha (377), Dar es Salaam (950), Dodoma (356), Kagera (364), Kigoma (272), Kilimanjaro (390) and Lindi (232).