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Tanzania leader orders ministers release Lake Victoria
ship repair materials stranded at Dar es Salaam port

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Tuesday gave a five-day ultimatum to ministers responsible for finance and transport to release materials stranded at the Dar es Salaam port for construction of a marine slope in Lake Victoria to be used for repairing five vessels.

Speaking after he had inspected construction of the marine slope in Lake Victoria, Magufuli said he wanted to see the stranded materials released in five days from Tuesday.

Reports said the materials were being held at the port pending payment of due taxes.

He said the marine slope will be used for repairing five passenger and cargo vessels and assembling of a new vessel that will ease transport along the lake shared by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

A statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam quoted the president as saying that the repair of the five vessels and construction of the new ship by a Korean company will cost 152 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 66 million U.S. dollars).

The statement said President Magufuli was not happy with the non-clearance of 58 containers ferrying the materials for the construction of the marine slope and repair of the vessels.

Last week, Magufuli said plans were afoot to improve transportation in Lake Victoria to facilitate trade in the east African region.

"The government is assembling one vessel and repairing five others to improve transportation in the lake and subsequently stimulating economic activities," Magufuli said when he greeted Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

Museveni was on a one-day visit to Chato, Magufuli’s native village in Tanzania’s northwest region of Geita.

Magufuli said that after assembling of the ship and repairing of five others, people in the three countries will be able to improve trade.
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EARLIER REPORTS:

Tanzania set to improve transportation in Lake Victoria to facilitate trade

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli said on Saturday plans were afoot to improve transportation in Lake Victoria shared by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya to facilitate trade in the region.

"The government is assembling one vessel and repairing five others to improve transportation in the lake and subsequently stimulating economic activities," Magufuli said when he greeted Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

Museveni was on a one-day visit to Chato, Magufuli’s native village in Tanzania’s northwest region of Geita.

Magufuli said in an address broadcast live by state-owned Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) that after assembling of the ship and repairing of five others people in the three countries will be able to improve trade.

He called for improved trade between Tanzania and Uganda, saying trade volume between the two countries improved to 359 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 156 million U.S. dollars) in 2018 from 178 billion shillings in 2015.

Magufuli said the efforts to improve Dar es Salaam port were also aimed at attracting Ugandan businessmen to use the port for ferrying their goods.

He said in 2018 the port handled 188,591 tonnes of cargo destined for Uganda.

"But with the expansion of the port we hope freight volume destined for Uganda will increase," said Magufuli.

For his part, Museveni said his private visit to Tanzania amounted to making "a political pilgrimage" to the country that played a major role in the African liberation movement.

"Tanzania has left an indelible mark in the African liberation struggle.

"It is a Mecca of the liberation movement in Africa," said Museveni.

After the liberation struggle, said the Ugandan leader, the focus now among African countries, and particularly East African countries, should be joint economic development.

He commended President Magufuli for undertaking major projects, including construction of the standard gauge railway and the Chato airport, saying these projects were aimed at stimulating economy in the region.
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Over 50 Tanzanian police officers demoted for indiscipline: official

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- At least 54 Tanzanian police officers were demoted between January and June 2019 over lack of discipline, the east African nation’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) Simon Sirro revealed on Monday.

Sirro told President John Magufuli shortly before he commissioned 20 housing units for police officers in Geita region that 157 other police officers were served with warnings during the period under review.

The police chief said in an event broadcast live by state-owned Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) that some of the demoted police officers were implicated in wrongfully implicating people in crime deeds, conspiring with criminals and causing problems to civilians.

In response, President Magufuli directed the IGP to continue taking disciplinary measures against police officers who acted contrary to the ethics of the police force.

"Keep on being strict on the observation of discipline in the police force," Magufuli told the police chief.

             

 

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