Tunduma town to undergo major facelift

26Sep 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Tunduma town to undergo major facelift

TUNDUMA Town Council in Songwe Region has embarked on a programme geared towards carrying out a major facelift of Tanzania-Zambia border town of Tunduma in an effort to transform the town into a modern one.


Among other issues, the initiative will improve roads of major streets in the busy trade town with a population of nearly 100,000 people.

The Tunduma Town Council was curved out of Momba District Council, which has its headquarters at Chitete area.

“We’re now improving road infrastructure in the town for quicker social service delivery,” said Ally Mwafongo, the town council chairman.

The chairman said other issues in the programme include land surveying, dispensary and health centres’ construction and other infrastructure as well as social services deliveries.

Mwafongo, who is the ward councilor for Mambini, appealed to Tunduma Town residents to take part in the project as well as allow the demolition of their houses, which are built on road reserves at the main junction of the highway to Sumbawanga, the headquarters of Rukwa Region.

Momba District Commissioner Juma Said Irando said the government had allocated money for the construction of two kilometres of the Kaloleni-Victoria road at gravel level to ease people’s movement within the area.

Despite starting with the construction work in five streets and five villages, the DC directed local government leaders to ensure that people in the area had knowledge of managing solid and liquid waste.

He said that the idea was to see all street roads revamped and the town attaining its status of being a town council located 929 km from Dar es Salaam.

Tunduma is a border town between Tanzania and Zambia. It lies in Tanzania’s Mbeya Region. It has border posts at both the Tanzam Highway and the TAZARA railway linking the two countries. It is 113 km southwest of Mbeya.