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Ujamaa Part Two: Magufuli aims at reviving Nyerere doctrine

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania President John Magufuli on Friday assured the youth in the country that he will put back on track the Father of Nation Julius Nyerere’s principles and principles of the ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).

"I have decided to ensure that these principles are back on track and this mission must be realized.

"I need your support," Magufuli who is also CCM national chairman told the members of the CCM Youth Wing from Dar es Salaam universities who have camped at the Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy.

The president urged the youth to turn up in big numbers and vie for various posts during the party’s elections slated for later this year.

"You should not get worried about bribery that was characteristic in previous party elections because this time nobody will be allowed to bribe voters.

"And those found giving bribe will not be nominated by the party," Magufuli assured the youth.

Magufuli also said he has all information about CCM members who have illegally acquired the party’s assets.

"When the right time comes I will take appropriate measures against them," said the president in a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communications at State House.

He praised the youth for their patriotism and urged them to support the reforms sweeping across the country, including the war on graft, measures aimed at cutting down lavish spending and the crackdown on ghost workers, the purchase of commercial aircraft and the industrialization drive.

On taking over the leadership of CCM last year, Magufuli vowed to root out corruption in the party, saying there would be "no mercy" for anyone giving or taking bribes.

He said corruption was most rampant in Tanzania during elections and promised to "have no mercy on those who give or accept bribes."

Magufuli said he would reform the CCM, including helping it attain financial independence to avoid a reliance on campaign contributions from business executives. Enditem.
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UPDATE:

Tanzania official claims formerly 'dormant industries'
will create over one million jobs after revival

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- More than one million Tanzanians will be employed by 25 formerly dormant industries to be reclaimed by by the government after their revival, an official said on Saturday.

The revival of the industries that were reclaimed after investors failed to develop them for over 20 years will be jointly funded by the country’s social security funds, said Meshack Bandawe, secretary of the Tanzania Social Security Association (TSSA).

Bandawe said TSSA will team up with the National Health Insurance Fund, the Parastatal Pensions Fund, the National Social Security Fund , the Workers Compensation Fund and the Zanzibar Social Security Fund to invest in the reclaimed industries.

"The funds will be mandated to revive some of the dormant industries and construct new factories in Kilimanjaro, Iringa, Morogoro, Dodoma, Mwanza, Simiyu, Kagera and Coast regions," said Bandawe.

In line with the national development plan 2025, which is geared to transform Tanzania into a semi-industrialized middle income nation, President John Magufuli had in March last year directed social security funds to invest in industries.

Bandawe said feasibility studies for 15 industries have been completed, while studies on the other 10 industries will be completed within a short time.

"We have started to implement some of the projects.

"Our target is to ensure that all the factories become operative before 2019," said Bandawe.

On Aug. 10, Tanzanian authorities announced the repossession of 10 privatized industries after they had been dormant for 20 years.

Minister for Industries, Trade and Investment Charles Mwijage invited interested investors to apply for fresh acquisition of the industries.

He warned owners of five other industries and gave them a grace period until Aug. 22 to correct weaknesses or return the factories to the government.

The repossession of the industries by the government came after President Magufuli ordered the minister to reclaim them.

Earlier this month, Magufuli said there were 197 dormant industries in the country.

"We made mistakes when we privatized the industries," said Magufuli.

On July 27, the government said it had started looking for investors to develop industries which it has repossessed from investors who abandoned them after privatization.

           

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