18 January 2013

Tanzania: Tarime Improves Rural Road Network

Tarime — TARIME has seen major improvements of the rural road network between the year 2010 and 2011, the area's legislator, Mr Nyambari Nyangwine (CCM), has said.

"Many roads are now passable without difficulties in various parts of the district as compared to the past," the MP said here. Tarime District Council has also been striving to construct new rural roads during the same period in the area, according to Mr Nyangwine.

It is estimated that the government has pumped around 1.4bn/- for the development of rural roads, taken care by the district council in the area, in recent years. The MP cited efforts taken to curb embezzlement of public funds as the secret behind what he described as admirable success on the area road sector.

"We have also improved the drainage system within Tarime town and as well as opening new roads," he said. There is also a huge road network comprising regional and trunk roads that is maintained by the Tanzanian National Roads Agency (TANROADS) Mara Regional Office.

Tarime road network taken care of by TANROADS is also passable throughout the year, a move that has made it possible for tourists entering the country via Tanzania/ Kenya's Sirari border to use the shortcut of Tarime - Mugumu road when visiting the world's famous Serengeti National Park.

The number of vehicles loaded with foreign tourists using the road via Mara River, which is also part of the Serengeti ecosystem, has tripled in the recent months. Tarime District has also made significant strides on developing the education sector during the same time, according to the MP. Standard Seven National Examinations pass rate has risen in 2012 as compared to 2010, he said.

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