ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Ali Thabit, now in his 50s, has been
fishing since he was 16. Through the years he has lived
hoping that one day things would take a turn for the
inherited career is currently overwhelmed with a number
of challenges, one being a lack of reliable market,
coupled with the absence of cold rooms, that would make
them store fish before taking them to the market far
from Kilwa, the once famous trading post in southern
Tanzania and East Africa at large.
we’re forced to sell fish at a low price to fish traders
who are within and outside this area because we’ve no
cooling facilities here,” Thabit says while mending his
fishnet on the Indian Ocean coast, a few kilometers from
that Kilwa District Council is working to establish a
fish centre which will be furnished with a modern
cooling system seem to offer new hope for fishermen like
Thabit who has not been enjoying the fruits of his
labour for years.
“This is one
of the answers to some of the problems we have been
facing for many years,” the seasoned fisherman says, as
he gets into his engine powered boat.
make us (fishermen) comfortable and sell our fish at
competitive prices which will in turn improve our
welfare,” says Mahmoud Khalifa, another fisherman in the
“During the rainy season the situation gets worse but
now we’ll have a permanent shelter.”
the shores of the Indian Ocean, five kilometers from the
district’s headquarters, the centre has the capacity of
accommodating hundreds of fishermen at once.
It is also
equipped with exchange rooms for fishermen, something
which wasn’t there in the past as they had nowhere to
hide during rains and the sunshine. The facility has
slots for food vendors who will be providing food
services to fishermen in the area in the hygienic
environment compared to the past.
District Fisheries Officer, says the district council
was aware that fishermen are overwhelmed with a number
“This is one
of the solutions as fishermen were being forced to sell
fish at a low price, as they had nowhere to store them,”
the official says.
to re-open the center because of water, it needs soft
water, and here there is hard water, so we’re struggling
to get soft water to start operation of this center,” he
adds that the plant has the capacity of cooling eight
tonnes per day, the situation that gives time for
fishermen to get good money from buyers who come from
outside the peninsula.
Bugingo, Kilwa District Executive Director, is
optimistic that the new facility will make the fisheries
sector ‘more attractive’ as it is to other sectors.
determined to ensure that these people (fishermen) earn
their living and make the sector more formalized to the
extent it contribute to the country’s social economic
development,” he says.
community here is generally poor and highly dependent on
the coastal and marine resources for food and income.
Fish is the main sources of protein in the district,
that’s why this center is an important project,” the
has nearly 20 landing sites including Kilwa Kisiwani,
where the fish center has been built. Kilwa is said to
have the best fishing grounds in and fishermen are now
coming into the district, from as far away as Mtwara,
because local fish stocks are high in comparison with
the depleted stocks elsewhere.
natural gas in Songo Songo island off the coast of
southeastern Tanzania’s Kilwa District in the early
2000s left many predicting that the country would become
the continent’s new economic powerhouse. But a decade
plus on, many people have yet to see the benefits in
terms of changing their livelihoods.
appoints opposition member to senior gov’t post
DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on
Tuesday appointed a chief adviser to an opposition party
as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water and
Irrigation, making him the first opposition appointee in
the history of the east African country.
president appointed Kitila Mkumbo, adviser to the
Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT)-Wazalendo
party and a professor at the state-owned University of
Dar es Salaam.
accepted President Magufuli’s appointment, saying he was
honoured by the gesture.
wrote in his verified Twitter account; “I thank @MagufuliJP
for the honour he gave me to be able to serve our
country as Permanent Secretary. May God help me.”
appointment indicated that President Magufuli has
changed his stance towards appointing members of the
opposition in the government.
party leader Zitto Kabwe confirmed that the party has
accepted Mkumbo’s letter to resign from his position as
the party chief adviser following the appointment.
“Due to the
appointment Mkumbo can’t continue to serve as the
party’s adviser. He has written to me to offer his
resignation from the position and I have accepted it,”
Kabwe said in a statement to the media.
Kabwe added that Mkumbo will continue to be a member of