31 March 2014

Tanzania: Natural Gas Finds 'To Benefit Us All'

Moshi — RESIDENTS in Kilimanjaro Region have been assured that they will enjoy the benefits derived from the acquisition of natural gas in Mtwara and Lindi regions, because all wealth in the country should be shared equally among the people.

District Commissioner (DC) Charles Mlingwa said here at the weekend that all natural resources in the country are shared evenly among the people, regardless of the geographical position of the spot where they are extracted. "We have to be thankful to God.

First for giving us the natural gas and secondly, for being able to discover it. Massive projects are already underway. We will benefit from the resources in various ways but it will take time.

"It is not something that can be done overnight. It will take time but we are already on the right track," said the DC. Dr Mlingwa said it is just a matter of time. Not too long from now, we will see our power tariffs go down. Gas can be used at home for cooking.

We will no longer depend on the companies the import gas and resell it at exorbitant prices. "We are so blessed, in fact. More than 75 per cent of the gas along the Indian Ocean coast in East Africa is in Tanzania. Over the years the country is going to be very rich and everyone will enjoy the fruits emanating from the gas discovery," said Dr Mlingwa.

Kilimanjaro Region boosts for being home to the highest mountain in Africa. This mountain attracts a lot of tourists and the foreign currency that is brought in by tourists is shared among the 'wananchi' as a national cake, he explained.

The same will apply to the natural gas in Lindi and Mtwara or the tanzanite in Manyara and the gold in the Lake Zone, he said.

Commenting on the same, Dr Francis Njau from Chololo Ecovillage was of the opinion that in the meantime, in order to safeguard the environment gas and briquettes should be distributed up to village levels for cooking purposes.

"We have a lot of weakness in using our natural resources. We should not only target industries and hotels in the use of the gas and alternative energy, but also households in Kilimanjaro villages.


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