30 January 2013

Tanzania: Mtwara Gas Pipeline Unrest Stems From Miscommunication, Prime Minister Says

The Tanzanian government has failed to educate Mtwara residents about how the proposed gas pipeline project will be managed, which has lead to unrest in the area, Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said Tuesday (January 29th).

"I admit that the government has been the cause by not involving and educating wananchi [citizens] on the benefits which will be obtained from the gas sector in boosting the economy of the people of Mtwara and surrounding areas where the gas has been discovered," he said, according to Tanzania's The Guardian.

Protestors in the region clashed with police at the weekend, leaving four people dead and 12 injured. The protestors expressed concern that the local community would not benefit from the gas produced in the region.

Pinda was visiting the region to collect residents' opinions on the gas issue. He urged Mtwara residents to be patient and promised that the main plant for transporting the gas would be constructed in Madimba village.

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