By Mutayoba Arbogast,Bukoba,Tanzania
Unnecessary roadblocks and other multiple hinderances to regional development may soon be a thing of the past with the arrival of a new Regional Commissioner.
The directive was given this week by Kagera Regional Commissioner,Albert Chalamila, when he was addressing residents at Uhuru ground in Bukoba municipality,the first meeting with ‘wananchi’,for introducing himself as a new Regional Commissioner,and his priorities in ensuring improved services delivery to the people.
He said it is discouraging to have a lot of roadblocks in the region which neighbours five countries of Uganda,Rwanda,Burundi,Democratic Rebulic of Congo(and Kenya by Lake Victoria),where movement of doing businesses to promote economic diplomacy,should be highly adhered to.
He tasked Kagera Police Commander, ACP William Mwampaghale,to remove unnecessary roadblocks ,
citing the Bukoba-Mutukula highway which denies opportunity of doing businesses at ease,and in a conducive environment for mutual interests for peoples of both countries of Tanzania and Uganda.
There has been a longtime complaints from local communities and neighbouring countries’ traders on roadblocks and appealed to the government to reduce them.
During Tanzania-Uganda youth meeting convened at Mutukula border town of Uganda,is part of the dialogue if Great Lakes Network for Dialogue and Peace,which comprises Tanzania,Uganda,Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC),among other things,charted ways of strenthening crossborder cooperation.
Kabangira Fred, Speaker for Mutukula town of Uganda,who was one of the invitees,faulted the presence of many roadblocks in Tanzania,saying the situation is discouraging people from doing businesses.
Albert Chalamila is among the Regional Commissioners who were appointed by President Samia Suluhu Hassan on July 28,2022 when the President made changes of Regional Commissioners,with others being shifted to other stations and others dropped.
Being a man of full of fun and jokes,which leave some in amusement,but some disheartened,was at times in that capacity during the leadership of the late President John Magufuli,and when President Samia Suluhu Hassan took the office in 19 March 2021,following the death of her predecessorJohn Pombe Magufuli,she appointed him to go on with the post,but later on,he was fired for not complying with President Samia expectations.
Swearing in the appointees,President Samia said Chalamila,is an industrious leader,but needs to change from being a ‘naughty boy’ to a grown up person,and he bowed down for that;a sign for promising changes and accountability.
Here and there,people are discussing,that may be,there is something special in Chalamila,as a civilian,to be appointed in leading the region which for so long,has been led by Commissioners of military origin,to mention a few,the recent Regional Commissilner,Major General Charles Mbuge,who was preceded by Brigadier General Marco Gaguti.
Kagera region residents have high expectations on him,to ensure he is delivering good service which will uplift the standard of living,moving the region from below poverty line.
Chalamila also mentioned other priorities to be peace and safety,curbing illegal fishing,strengthening of infrastructures etc
By ordering the removal of unnecessary roadblocks,he has shown the light.