Dr Shein said yesterday at different meetings at Makonyo extraction factory hall at Wawi in South Pemba when he met CCM elders from Chake Chake district.
He said Isles’ government values efforts by the elders they took during the struggle for independence of Tanganyika through Afro Shirazi Party (ASP) and Tanganyika African National Union (TANU)— fore bearers of CCM..
In a speech to the elders and other senior party leaders, Dr Shein said the elders were the ones who liberated Zanzibar.
He also used the occasion to congratulate the elders who fought for the country which enabled it to make major development strides.
“Where we are is due to efforts of Almighty God and our elders, therefore we are congratulating each other for implementing the party’s election manifesto for 2015-2020 and together we have accomplished a lot,” he said.
Dr Shein also explained that he was moved by the statement read by the elders and promised that all the promises made will be implemented in phases.
He said the government has been spending an average of 600m/- each month in giving community pensions to the elders.
He added that the government will continue to make deliberate efforts to ensure all elders are listed for community pension payment every month even to those elders who don’t have birth certificates.
He said not many countries in the world that have such a system and in the East African Region only Zanzibar has the procedure to give community pension to its elders, added that the initial amount of 20,000/ is not small amount.
Dr Shein also explained that government had increased budget for the Ministry of Health for purchase of drugs and that as of now all health centres in Zanzibar get drugs in time, and warned that in case he hears a health centre had no drugs, those concerned will be dealt with accordingly.