Zanzibar State House has new top officials

12Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Zanzibar State House has new top officials

ZANZIBAR President Dr Hussein Mwinyi has appointed new permanent secretaries and their deputies for the supervision of the President’s Office, and issued other instructions.

Chief Secretary Zena Ahmed Saidi said in statement yesterday that the president appointed three permanent secretaries, two deputy permanent secretaries and one district commissioner.

The permanent secretaries are Mussa Haji Ali (State House Affairs), Habiba Hassan Omar (Labour, Economy and Investments), and Issa Mahfoodh Haji (Regional Administration, Local Governments and Special SMZ Units)..

The deputies are Aboud Hassan Mwinyi (Finance and Planning), who shifts from his position as DistrictCommissioner for Unguja North B, plus Mikidadi Mbarouk Mzee (Regional Administration, Local Governments and Special SMZ Units).

Those appointments took effect from Saturday last week, meanwhile as appointees are to be sworn in starting 10:00am at the Zanzibar State House today.

Similarly, President Mwinyi has instructed the Zanzibar Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Authority (ZAECA) and the police to probe suspected theft in the Zanzibar Electricity Co. (ZECO) at its various selling centres, with legal and disciplinary measures being instituted on all those found to be involved.

The directive was given when Dr Mwinyi addressed government officials when visiting Unguja Urban West Region, underlining that indications show that massive thefts of funds took place in electricity selling points. The two institutions need to probe the issue and steps seen to be taken, he emphasised.

He also directed the suspension of ZECO staff involved in uprooting power poles at Mwachealale area in Unguja West District-A, reminding the corporation that it has to take poles and transformers to areas that need to be supplied with electricity.

To boost entrepreneurial outreach, President Mwinyi instructed that state-based investment funds be placed under one roof, including those catering for people with disabilities, the youth and women, so that their functions are properly managed.

Credit from these funds was being issued without proper safeguards, resulting in many beneficiaries failing to repay the loans, the Isles leader stated, tasking the Blue Economy ministry as well as Fisheries to empower entrepreneurs, but ensure improved financial accounting.

Dr Mwinyi deplored poor cleanliness in the city of Zanzibar, pointing out that only the road from the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport to the Mnazi Mmoja Referral Hospital was being kept clean, as he uses that road from time to time when travelling or returning to the State House.

“There is no other clean area other than the airport since I pass through it from time to time,” he said.

He said 90 per cent of funds under The Zanzibar Urban Services Project (ZUSP) – USD 90m) has been allocated to beautify the city, but there is no tending of the trees that were planted.

The government intends to come up with a project to beautify the city with tarmac roads, pedestrians’ paths and other amenities, with the municipal council charged with its oversight, he said.

No efforts have been made for the construction of markets and bus stations, with the municipality seemingly pursuing pointless contracts, he declared.

He said narcotic drugs have been entering Zanzibar through ports and the airport, with a portion of officials working together with criminals to effect the passage of narcotics thus destroying the youth.

“Defence and security organs must be serious. We want to hear from them that people are being arrested, prosecuted and jailed,” he added.

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