Tanzania: JPM Discards Divisive Policies

THE ruling CCM presidential candidate, Dr John Magufuli yesterday urged the public to ignore and reject policies that seek to disunite Tanzanians and disrupt the country.

Dr Magufuli hit out at opposition politicians who preach replacing the current system with the provincial government.

He told hundreds of thousands of voters who flocked Ali Hassan Mwinyi Stadium in Tabora that some politicians were planning to make constitutional changes that could bring negative impacts to the country's unity and economic growth.

He said they are preaching policies that aim at transferring powers from the central government to the provincials, which does not work in Tanzania. He said such policies will end up bringing classes, promoting tribalism and poverty among Tanzanians.

"We should ignore politicians who are preaching divisions, they want to divide us under provincial policies, this is a big sin, we must refuse such policies," said Dr Magufuli.

He added that under provincial policies, some provinces will become poor because they do not have resources and under that policy each province is supposed to survive on its resources.

"This means Tabora would not have water, we have spent 600bn/- for bringing water from Lake Victoria to Tabora through Nzega, but this money has been obtained from taxpayers across the country," he noted.

He added: "...and in that case, Mwanza residents would not have allowed the water to be moved to Tabora unless they are paid because the source of water is in their province."

Dr Magufuli added that the government has been implementing various development projects in Tabora by using money which is collected from other regions, which is a sign of unity and development for all as a country.

He added that the late Father of the Nation, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere worked hard to bring together all Tanzanians by uniting 120 tribes.

"Mwalimu Nyerere fought tribalism, he did not entertain any kind of segregation," he said.

On Friday, the opposition party Chadema's Presidential candidate, Tundu Lissu promised that - should he be elected President of Tanzania - he would replace the current governance system and bring about devolution.

Speaking at his campaign rally in Mpanda District, Katavi Region, Mr Lissu claimed that the current structure of governance is not good since, according to him, it monopolised all the powers, depriving the local governments decisions hence impacting negatively on the development of the people.

However, yesterday, Dr Magufuli said it has been possible for his government to execute development projects in various regions because the projects are funded by money from different parts of the country.

"We are implementing these projects by using money from different regions, some regions are rich and other have no enough resources, under the current system we bring development to all regardless the available resources, that is why the money for development projects in Tabora have been obtained from various areas, we should not accept politicians who desire to divide us," he noted.

Dr Magufuli asked the public to beware of politicians, who are being taught and directed to implement policies that aim at diving the nation into pieces.

"Let's vote for people and the manifesto that does not entertain tribalism, segregation of people on religious bases, colour or regional segregation," he said.

Earlier, Dr Magufuli said his government has successfully managed to bring water from Lake Victoria in Mwanza to Tabora at a cost of 600bn/- and that more funds have been allocated for supplying water to various districts in the region including Urambo, Kaliua and many others.

On agriculture, the CCM presidential candidate said his government if re-elected will come up with a strategy for uplifting tobacco farming along with finding a profitable market for the crop.

He said his government is aware of the challenges facing the sector and that everything is already in place to address them. He said he appointed Hussein Bashe, the Deputy Minister for Agriculture purposely to participate in addressing the challenges and that so far there are improvements in the area.

Cementing the point, Mr Bashe said there is a great improvement in tobacco farming and business citing that the fertiliser for tobacco has dropped from 120,000/- to 75,000/-.

He said in the last season the region sold tobacco worth 121.9bn/- ( 53m US dollar) and that they expect to get 241.5bn/- (105m US dollar) in the next season.

On roads, railway and airport construction, Dr Magufuli said his government managed to improve infrastructure in the region in the past five years by constructing kilometers of tarmac road. He said the government is continuing with its strategies to link Tabora with neighbouring regions.

On railway, Dr Magufuli said Tabora is set to become the economic hub in the country after the completion of standard gauge railway.

"We are going to change Tabora, the region is set to become a centre of economic activities, and I am committed to bring changes here," pledged Dr Magufuli.

The presidential candidate further said his government is looking forward to expanding the airport so that it could accommodate big flights from different parts of the country. He said the airport expansion will increase the number of flights and tourists in the region.

Dr Magufuli said in the past five years his government spent 39.66bn/- on constructing and renovating infrastructures in the sector. He said 12 schools were constructed; four old schools and teachers' college were renovated. At least 42.5bn/- were spent on free education in the region.

The government also spent over 13.57bn/- on buying medicine. Also four District hospitals were constructed, 11 health centres, 39 dispensaries were constructed, eight health centres and one dispensary were also renovated in the past five years.

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