Zanzibar to buy modern equipment
to save lives from sea disasters
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
Ali Mohamed Shein, President of
Tanzania’s semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar,
on Thursday said his government is determined to
save its citizens from marine accidents by
purchasing modern rescue and safety equipment.
He expressed the commitment when speaking in
Pemba Island at the official launch of the Zanzibar
anti- smuggling squad’s marine rescue center.
The launch is part of celebrations towards
commemorating the 55th anniversary of the 1964
He said that the squad will be provided with
modern equipment to strengthen its capacity.
He said the squad will also be used to ensure
marine safety and security in both Pemba and Unguja
Shein said the Zanzibar government arrived to
decision of buying the modern marine safety and
rescue equipment after the deadly accidents that
happened in 2011 and 2012.
According to him, it is the responsibility of the
government to ensure safety of citizens especially
when travelling through roads, in air and water.
He said the Zanzibar Safe project which includes
construction of six marine rescue centers, training
of securers will enhance safety in the Isles.
He explained that Zanzibar Safe project also
includes installation of CCTV cameras at the Stone
Town whereby a total of 687 cameras have been
installed at various parts of the Islands.
"We have started with Stone Town. Our target is
to install the video surveillance system in other
towns including Pemba", said Shein.