7 November 2012

Tanzania: Govt Seeks to End Geita Water Woes

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Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete (file photo).

THE government has set aside 75 million to completely end the problem of water in some villages in Geita District during the 2012/2013 financial year.

The Deputy Minister for Water, Dr Binilith Mahenge, assured the residents of reliable water sources once the projects are complete. Dr Mahenge was responding to Hussein Amar (Nyang'hwale-CCM) who sought to know when the government will end water shortages in the constituency, claiming that some water infrastructure were dilapidated.

Mr Amar argued that the national water policy seeks to ensure that there was availability of water in both urban and rural areas thus demanded to know the number of projects that had been implemented in Nyang'hwale constituency.

Dr Mahenge said that the constituency had two main water projects --Nyang'hwale and Nyamatukuza but both projects were not operating due to a number of reasons including theft of water pipes and other gadgets. "The two main projects in the district are not working due to vandalism of water infrastructure and decrease of water in the Lake Victoria tributaries, the government is now working hard to address the problem," Dr Mahenge said.

The minister said that the Geita District Council through Capital Development Grant (CDG) allocated 30 million for constructing new water sources while the remaining 45 million was to be directed towards the rehabilitation of Nyang'hwale source. Dr Mahenge mentioned villages to benefit from Nyang'hwale water project as Nyamtukuza, Kakora, Nyarubele, Kitongo, Ikangala, Kharumwa, Izunya, Kayenze and Bukwimba.

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