15 December 2012

Tanzania: PM - All DCs Must Live At Respective Duty Stations

PRIME Minister Mizengo Pinda has directed all district commissioners (DCs) and their staff to live in their respective duty posts (districts) instead of regional headquarters.

The premier gave the directive after receiving reports that some DCs of newly established districts and their staff have not permanently moved to their duty stations and opt to live in regional headquarters on grounds that the new posts lack essential services.

"I have been forced to issue such a directive because the current trend is unacceptable. The concerned DCs and their staff should now permanently move to their new posts. "Each one of them should forthwith move to their respective posts even if there are many challenges such as lack of water and power supply and shortage of staff quarters," he said.

He said that it is imperative that they permanently move to the new districts to be closer to the people they serve and experience first hand their hardships so they can find solutions.

Mr Pinda, however, showered praise on the Mlele District Commissioner for the decision to permanently relocate to the district headquarters despite many challenges facing the area.

The premier noted that the government is keen to ensure that all newly established districts receive all essential services, adding that in Katavi Region alone the National Housing Corporation (NHC) is to construct 250 housing units among which 20 would be built in Inyoga town.

In another development, Mr Pinda assured residents of Mlele District that the Nsimbo and Mlele Councils will be established soon in efforts to bring services closer to the people. Mlele district will have two administrative councils. He explained the need to have two councils in the district, saying that it is because the district is huge in area and size which can almost be compared to the whole of Burundi.

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