DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian government said on Tuesday it
was drafting a Bill designed to enact a law that will monitor
and regulate the increasing tidal wave of the scrap metals
business in the east African nation.
Charles Mwijage, the
Minister for Industries, Trade and Investment, told the National
Assembly in the political capital Dodoma that the government has
decided to enact the law following increased theft of key
infrastructure instruments that were sold as scrap metals.
He said the Tanzania
Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO), Tanzania National
Roads Agency (TANROADS) and Reli-Assets-Holding-Company (RAHCO)
were the most affected infrastructures.
vandalizing these structures and sell their parts as scrap
metal. This business must be stopped,” Mwijage told the august
He added: “The scrap
metal business in different parts of the country is seriously
fuelling the looting of crucial infrastructure calling for the
need to enact law that will monitor the practice.”
responding to a question posed by Fakharia Khamis, a Member of
Parliament who had wanted to know measures the government was
taking to control the increasing spate of thefts of useful
metals from state-owned companies.
Khamis, an MP on the
ticket of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), said the scrap
metal business was forcing some unscrupulous members of the
community to even steal useful metals from individuals.
“If the government
will not take appropriate measures to monitor the flow of this
business the damage will be irreplaceable,” said the lawmaker.
In recent years
there has been endless public outcry that the mushrooming
arbitrary scrap metal business is to a large extent accelerating
sabotage of electricity, water and other key public
infrastructures across the country.