CHAMA Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) presidential candidate Dr John Magufuli yesterday promised to speed up the transformation of Tanzania and accelerate economic growth if re-elected into power in the October 28 polls.
Dr Magufuli, who is seeking his second term as Tanzanian Head of State, pledged further improvement of transportation infrastructure, electricity and water supply, saying such projects are major components in the transformation of the country's economy.
Addressing a campaign rally at Uvinza, Kigoma Region on his way to Tabora, where he is scheduled to hold a big rally today, Dr Magufuli said his government is focusing on completing a number of projects of which, its implementation started in the past years and that it is also planning for new major projects.
According to the incumbent leader, his government is determined to accomplish the construction of the 151km road from Uvinza to Malagarasi. He said the tender is set to be announced next month.
He also said that 51bn/- has already been allocated for the construction of a 51km stretch from Kazuramimba to Uvinza.
“We are going to construct this road to connect it all at a tarmac level,” said Dr Magufuli.
He also ordered the Minister in the President’s Office (Local Government and Regional Administration) Mr Selemani Jafo to immediately release 5bn/- for the construction of 10 kilometres road to Uvinza town.
President Magufuli said the ruling party promised for the construction of the said road and that so far, the construction was on progress.
Earlier, he asked the Tanzania Rural Roads Agency (Tarura) District Manager in the area on the progress of the project.
The manager said the agency had managed to construct one kilometre at 500m/- and that it was still looking for the cash to finish the remaining distance.
Dr Magufuli ordered Mr Jafo to release the Money starting today, so that the project could be completed immediately as promised.
Moreover, the presidential candidate said the government will connect Uvinza and other districts and regions to the national grid, so as to enable the supply of reliable and enough electricity.
“We are planning to spend 26bn/- in this project, we are currently implementing a 2115MW project that will enable the generation of enough power for our country,” he noted.
He said so far at least 9700 villages have been connected with electricity and that the remaining villages, which are around 2500 will be connected before the ending of his second term at State House if elected in the coming General Elections in October 28.
Dr Magufuli said his government, if re-elected next month, will also continue strengthening the education sector by setting all required standards that will improve more the provision of education in the country.
He said in the past five years, his government provided 7.63bn/- for free education in the district and that other 5.04bn/- were spent in construction of teachers' houses, classrooms, dormitories and other education infrastructures.
On water projects, the presidential candidate said at least 11.06bn/- were used in various water projects in the district.
Dr Magufuli has repeatedly said if re-elected to power next month, his government will continue with its strategies to build an independent economy.
He said for the past five years, the fifth government focused on executing big projects that aim at strengthening the country's economy for the coming decades.
“We have been able to implement big projects with the focus of uplifting our economy, we are asking for more years to bring more changes,” said Dr Magufuli.
He said some politicians who for sometimes have been pointing accusing fingers at his government for purchasing new aircraft and constructing airports and other major projects should be ignored because they suffer from dependency syndrome.
“You must ignore those who think there could not be development without seeking support from donors, I can assure you that there is no free aid from donors, nothing is for free, you get one you pay twice,” he said.
The presidential candidate added that the government has also constructed roads, airports, bridges and flyovers, which aim at boosting the country's economy.
Dr Magufuli pledged more efforts towards improving the health sector, saying his government will continue to build hospitals, health centres, dispensaries and increase the budget for buying medicine.
“In the past five years, the budget for medicine has been improved, the money allocated for the purpose has been increased from 31bn/- to 270bn/- annually,” he said.