TANZANIA: PM BLOCKS CONSTRUCTION OF OFFICE BUILDING, DIRECTS FUND FOR HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has ordered the Tunduma council to shelve plans of building an administration block and instead direct the financial resources towards the construction of a hospital.

The Prime Minister overturned the Council's decision here after Songwe CCM Regional Chairman Godfrey Zambi informed him that while Tunduma residents were facing poor medical services, the Council was planning to spend over 3.9bn/- for the construction of the administration block.

Majaliwa said given the fact that provision of improved health services to the public was one of the priorities under the fifth phase government, the funds allocated for the construction of the office should now finance the construction of the hospital.

Addressing thousands of Tunduma residents, the PM ordered the Council's management, including its executive director, engineer, Momba District medical officer ( DMO) and treasurer to ensure that the construction of the hospital kicks off immediately to alleviate the problem in the township.

He ordered Tanzania Building Agency (TBA) that is charged with the responsibility of implementing the project to come up with the drawings of the hospital immediately.

According to the PM, 900m/- had already been disbursed to the Council for the project. Majaliwa told the cheering multitude that under President John Magufuli's leadership, every village should have a dispensary while every ward must have a health centre and each district or municipal council must have a hospital.

Currently, Tunduma Township Council's health centre is now overwhelmed given the growing population. Administratively, Tunduma Township and Momba District councils are within the newly formed district of Momba in Songwe Region.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister issued a three-month ultimatum for all Tunduma residents who built structures within the buffer zone of the border between Tanzania and Zambia to pull them down, failure of which Tunduma Town Council should bring in bulldozers to do the job.

According to the Premier, the satellite images had already been taken, after which it was revealed that 252 houses were within the restricted area on both sides of the buffer zone.

He said it was strictly prohibited for any individual to erect any structure within 50 metres on both sides of the borderline. The Prime Minister told residents that Tanzania and Zambia reached an agreement to have the border clearly seen by removing all structures 50 metres away on both sides of the borderline.

He ordered the Council to immediately mark the houses to be demolished. He also ordered the Council to provide all individuals whose houses will be demolished with plots to build new structures, including their residential houses.

Speaking about the ban imposed on export of maize, the Prime Minister said, under industrialisation drive, businesspeople are urged to add value to the products. We want you to sell maize flower so that all jobs and other byproducts that result in maize milling process could benefit Tanzanians.

Before the Prime Minister addressed Tunduma residents, he inspected the construction of One Stop Border Post (OSBP) that is going on. The construction of the border post, whose cost stands at 12bn/-, is expected to be completed in May, next year.

During the inspection, PM Majaliwa was accompanied by Nakonde District Commissioner (DC) Field Simwinga, from Zambia. Premier Majaliwa is in Songwe Region for a five-day working tour.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK