Dodoma — MEMBERS of Parliament, Magdalena Sakaya (Special Seats-CUF) and Innocent Kalogeris (Morogoro South-CCM) were up in arms yesterday over traffic police officers who stop vehicles along highways saying that the practice causes road accidents and wastes time.
The MPs said that the stopping of vehicles along high ways was unnecessary and stressful. They demanded that government looks into the issue.
Responding to the claims, deputy minister for Works, Mr Gerson Lwenge said that the traffic police officers caught would be dealt with in accordance with road traffic rules. In his basic question to the Works ministry, Mr Kalogeris demanded to know when the ministries of Finance, Works, Home Affairs and Transport would establish one stop centres along highway in order to reduce inconveniences to passengers.
Deputy minister Mr Lwenge said that as stated in the road traffic Act 1973, the ministry is continuing with the construction of weighbridges to check operations of Tanzanian roads.
According to the deputy minister, there are 24 permanent weighbridges and 17 mobile bridges currently in the country. Mr Lwenge said that in order to simplify transportation of goods to neighbouring countries, government is building one stop border posts.
He listed the border posts as, Mutukula (Tanzania/Uganda), Tunduma (Tanzania/Zambia), Namanga (Tanzania/Kenya), Rusumo (Tanzania/Rwanda), Holili (Tanzania/Kenya), Hororo (Tanzania/Kenya), Sirari (Tanzania/Kenya), Kabanga (Tanzania/Burundi) and Kasumulu (Tanzania/Malawi).
He said that along with the construction of these border posts, government in collaboration with stakeholders will construct one stop inspection stations in various areas in high ways.
He added that through Southern Africa Trade and Transport Facilitation Project financed by World Bank, two inspection stations are expected to be built between Morogoro and Tunduma and three more in Dar es Salaam.