CCM decries farmers – pastoralists conflicts

ARUSHA: FARMERS and pastoralists in Arusha Region have been urged to establish positive relationships by recognising their interdependence, a move that will help to avoid frequent conflicts.

Addressing a public rally at Makuyuni Ward, Monduli District, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Secretary General Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi, said that disputes between farmers and pastoralists have been a longstanding concern that every Tanzanian should be aware of, urging mutual understanding.

Farmers and pastoralists must respect one another since it is our collective responsibility as Tanzanians to realize our interdependence… a farmer who disrespects a herder does not comprehend his own obligations, and vice versa,” said Dr Nchimbi.

He pointed out that due to the challenge, the government will continue to educate both farmers and herders, including setting boundaries in their areas to ensure that each side has its own area to carry out their activities.

Furthermore, Dr Nchimbi told farmers and pastoralists to understand their responsibilities, urging both sides to understand that they have a duty to maintain good relationships with one another since they are all Tanzanians. Responding to the concerns raised by the residents in Arusha Region, Dr Nchimbi said that the CCM government will not hesitate to listen to and address the challenges facing people because it is among the objectives and basis of leaders being in their positions.

“We will always be ready to address grievances of our people. Your challenges are our responsibility, and leaders who are not concerned about the people’s concerns are not suitable for the positions they are serving,” Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi said.

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Dr Nchimbi commenced his two- day tour of Arusha Region after completing a visit in Manyara Region, as part of his tour of five regions. He was received by the Regional Commissioner, Paul Makonda.

So far, Dr Nchimbi has visited two regions, Singida and Manyara, and after Arusha, he will visit Kilimanjaro and Tanga regions. The purpose of the tour is to assess the implementation of the 2020-2025 election manifesto and preparations for local government and general elections.

While greeting residents of the Makuyuni ward in Monduli District, Dr Nchimbi inaugurated a CCM branch at grassroots level dubbed ‘Tarime Group’ and appointed the Regional Commissioner as its patron.

He congratulated CCM members for establishing the branch, urging others to borrow their example by opening party branches at the grassroots level, as it is the foundation of the party. While addressing Makuyuni residents, who complained of unreliable water supply, Dr Nchimbi made a phone call to the Minister for Water, Jumaa Aweso, to provide answers.

According to Mr Aweso, the government will continue to implement President Samia’s directive to complete the water project in Makuyuni area which will cost over 7bn/-, to end water woes in the area. He said water demand in the area is more than 300,000 cubic litres, but the current capacity of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (Ruwasa) is only 100,000 cubic litres, which is insufficient.

“When President Samia Suluhu Hassan visited Arusha, she stopped at Makuyuni and directed our Ministry of Water to ensure the construction of a large project in Makuyuni costing over 7bn/-is completed to provide clean and safe water to Makuyuni and its neighbouring villages” said Mr Aweso.

He stated that following President Samia’s directive, he visited the area, and the project has been contracted, with the contractor now in the process of procuring pipes to expedite the completion of the project.

Furthermore, Minister Aweso said that the government will also complete a large water project to serve more than 13 villages. The pipes have already been delivered to ensure the progress of the work.

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