Tembo Nickel signs MoU with Police on security

IT was all joy as hundreds of Ngara residents led by their District Commissioner (DC), Colonel Mathias Kahabi witnessed the signing of a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), between Tembo Nickel Mining Company and Tanzania Police Force.

The ceremony held on Saturday at Bugarama Ward, in Ngara District saw Tembo Nickel Country Manager, Mr Benedict Busunzu and Police Commissioner for Operations, CP Awadh Juma Haji inking the deal that will be in implementation for 3 years.

Speaking after the event, Mr Busunzu explained that under the three-year MoU, Tembo Nickel Company will construct a Grade A police station at Bugarama Ward, which has status of a regional police station and a police post at Muganza Ward.

Tembo Nickel will also construct residential houses for police officers and provide a car to the Bugarama police station. The project was expected to cost a total of 1bn/- upon completion, he said.

Mr Busunzu said the MoU was in accordance with the International Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards.

“Tembo Nickel Mining Company is delighted to witness the signing of the MoU. We believe that security is a matter of priority in our mining operations. The decision to construct the Grade A police station was to support President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s efforts to ensure security of Tanzanians.

When the company starts full operations in 2026, I am confident that the Bugarama Ward will witness an influx of people, including investors and others seeking employment opportunities,” he said.

On his side, Police Commissioner for Operations, CP Awadh Juma Haji, hailed Tembo Nickel for the timely decision to construct the Grade A police station at Bugarama Ward and a Police Post at Muganza Ward.

“On behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Camillius Wambura, I commend Tembo Nickel for the support. Ngara District borders two neighbouring countries (Rwanda and Burundi), thus security is a matter of priority,” he said.

He appealed for the cooperation among the public, while also urging them to be vigilant and report aliens who enter into the country without following laid down migration regulations.

CP Awadh Haji also cautioned people who will be paid compensation funds for their land to be careful as fraudsters would try to grab their money.

“You should use the money wisely…. don’t be cheated or engage in criminal activities because you have money in your pockets. Remember that you have families including children attending school,” he said.

Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Albert Chalamila, who was the chief guest at the signing event, hailed the government under President Samia Suluhu Hassan, for implementing people-centred projects that have positively improved livelihoods of most Tanzanians.

Elaborating, he said Kagera Region was implementing mega projects including the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project that has reached 99 per cent to completion and expected to be launched soon.

“The project is a good initiative that will improve the socio-economic benefits. Once operational, it will bring 80 MW of renewable, clean, relatively low-cost power to the national grids of Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania with each country benefiting from about 27MV,” he said.

The RC commended Tembo Nickel for the commitment to support government efforts in improving people’s livelihoods by constructing dispensaries and classrooms.

He appealed to wananchi to ensure that the infrastractures are well maintained and should avoid vandalising them.

Mr Chalamila also made a special request to IGP Wambura, to   make Kagera Region a ‘Special Police Zone’ and allocate it more police officers.

“The region has a porous border and we have recently witnessed an increase in killings. Some of the criminal acts were being committed by foreigners,” he said.

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