Why Mtwara violence is beyond gas pipeline
Posted Thursday, May 23 2013 at 21:01
Tension appeared to be rising steadily in Mtwara town as stakeholders tried to put together a solution that would be acceptable to all.
Former Secretary-General of the East African Community Ambassador Juma Mwapachu argued that it appeared that the government was not communicating well with Mtwara people. “It should open a broad-based discussion with opinion leaders and civil society to identify the source of the conflict,” he added.
Reported by Samuel Kamndaya in Dodoma, Abdallah Bakari in Mtwara and Katare Mbashiru, Anuciatha Lucas and Veneranda Sumila in Dar es Salaam
Mtwara Special Seats MP Fatma Mikidadi claimed that most of the protesters were from a neighbouring country. “When they march in the streets, they chant in a language from a neighbouring country and they mention the names of leaders of that country,” Ms Mikidadi said. “This issue must be investigated.”
Mr Joseph Selasini (Rombo-Chadema) said it was imperative that the forces behind the violence be established: “We need to be told whether it is a political party, a civil society organisation or some foreign influences….let us be told who is it that does not wish this country well because, at the end of the day, we all need peace….it is an open secret that those behind these riots are out to divide Tanzania.”
According to Minister for Energy and Minerals Sospeter Muhongo, electricity will be generated via four generators--two with a capacity to generate 300mw each, and two to generate 150mw and 240mw.
By 2015, the plant should be generating 2,785mw--ending Tanzania’s power blues once and for all.
(Reported by Samuel Kamndaya in Dodoma, Abdallah Bakari in Mtwara and Katare Mbashiru, Anuciatha Lucas and Veneranda Sumila in Dar)