Councils told to set budget for strategic projects

DODOMA: COUNCILS have been advised to set a budget through local revenue and come up with write ups for funding of construction of strategic projects, including markets in their respective areas.

However, only councils with a clean financial report for three consecutive years qualify for the strategic projects funding, Deputy Minister of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG), Ms Zainab Katimba told the National Assembly yesterday.

“Only district or municipal councils that have a clean financial report for three years will qualify for write ups to access the funding for strategic projects,” said the deputy minister.

She gave the clarification here yesterday when responding to a main question posed by Anton Mwantona (Rungwe-CCM), who wanted to know when the government will start construction of a state-of-the-art market at Kiwira Ward in Rungwe.

Responding, the deputy minister said the government is aware of the importance of having state- of-the- art market at Kiwira in Rungwe for residents to have improved socio-economic welfare.

A number of interventions, she said, have been taken to facilitate the construction of the market, where so far, feasibility study and detailed designs have been completed. She added that soil testing for land reserved for the projects and project proposals have been submitted.

“The proposal is at the initial stages for approval and currently, the environmental impact assessment for human health and environmental hazards is being conducted,” she said.

She added that if the project meets the criteria, the government will approve the needed funding for the strategic market project to kick off.

When complete, the commercial market will accommodate a cafeteria, commercial mall, financial institutions, cold room and mini banana processing factory.

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