DC bans unregistered scrap metal dealers

Friday November 10 2017

By Shaaban Ndyamukama @TheCitizenTZ news@nationmedia.com

Ngara. The district commissioner of Ngara, Mr Michael Mntenjele, has banned residents from dealing in scrap metals if they have no permit.

Registered scrap metal dealers have also been banned from purchasing or dealing in scrap metals on school premises.

“We also forbid dealers not to involve schoolchildren in scrap metal business,” he stressed.

This is after five pupils were killed, 42 others, including one teacher, were injured during an explosion that occurred at a primary school this week.

In another development, Rulenge mission hospital medical officer, Dr Revocatus Ndyekobola, said plans were underway to transfer some of the explosion victims to Bugando Referral Hospital in Mwanza.

He said the decision had been reached after it was shown that the schoolchildren admitted at the hospital needed further treatment.

Meanwhile, Ngara District Council has donated Sh1 million for buying foodstuffs to help the blast victims.

At the same time the motorcyclists union in Rulenge has also donated 27 pints of blood and Sh20,000 for buying drinking water for them.

Speaking to this paper, on Friday, November 10, 2017 at the mission hospital, motorcyclists union chairman Agustine Kaloli called on other social groups to help the patients.

“We don’t have much, but we have organised ourselves and donated blood and contributed at least Sh20,000 to help the patients’ access to clean drinking water,” he said.

For his part, Ngara municipal council executive director Aidan Bahama said they had also donated Sh1 million for buying food and for other necessaries for the patients.

“This will go a long way in helping relatives of the patients, who live far from the hospital and are not able to provide food for their children,” he said.

He noted that well-wishers from Caritas organisation in Rulenge also proved food for the families of the children killed in the explosion.