Region is set to enjoy improved water and sanitation services following a
financing agreement worth Euro 12 million (about 24bn/-) between the government
and the German Development Bank (KfW). The Ministry and the Mwanza Urban Water
Supply and Sanitation Authority (MWAUWASA) signed on Thursday this week the
financing agreement under Investment Financing Facility (IFF) and Output Based
Aid (OBA) programmes. The funds will facilitate the construction of water
infrastructure, making it possible for people living in the hilly areas to
access the precious liquid. The signing agreement is part of capacity building
programme in which the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authorities (UWSSAs)
are required to prepare proposals, submit them to funders and qualify for a
revolving fund arrangement. Speaking shortly after the signing of the
agreement, the MWAUWASA Executive Director, Engineer Anthony Sanga, said the
fund will support improved access to drinking water by people living in hilly
areas. Apart from accessibility, Eng Sanga said the boost will help increase
the water network pipes to a distance of 30 kilometres and increase the number
of water supply to customers, where more than 3,500 customers were lined to
access clean water by June 2016. “The project is expected to be implemented in
ten water projects in both Mwanza City and Ilemela Municipal Council, where a
population of 25,000 people will be served with clean and safe water,” he said.
He mentioned the areas to benefit from the projects as Kabuhoro-Kitangiri,
Nyasaka Riverside, Nyasaka Islamic, Bugando-Bugarika, Shede, Bulale,
Isamilo-Mjimwema, Majengo Mapya-Califonia, Lumara Makaburini and Capri Point. He
said one of the challenges the authority was facing in the implementation of
the projects was difficulties in finding land for the construction of
pipelines, as well as building pump stations as that some of the areas are
thank the Ministry of Water and KfW (IFF-OBA) for coordinating and monitoring
the loan, which has enabled the authority to carry out and perform the role of
getting water to the people living in hilly areas that had no water,” he said. According
to the available data, currently the number of people with access to water for
urban areas in the country is 75 per cent, which indicates a need for huge
investment to improve the situation. Giving his keynote speech, Water
Ministry’s Deputy Permanent Secretary (PS), Mr Ngosi Mwihava, said to achieve
set targets of service improvement and extension programmes, UWSSAs ought to
undertake both short-term and mid-term water infrastructure programmes for
which they do not need to wait for dish-outs from the government. He said IFF
targets increased performance and revenue generation strategies of urban utilities
by providing an incentive to finance strategic investments through loans from
local financial institutions. “Based on the achievement of agreed performance
targets, the UWSSA’s will be rewarded by bonus payments (grant) out of the IFF
OBA-window and the grant provided is 50 per cent of the amount of commercial
loan obtained and is disbursed upon successful implementation of the project,”
he said. He mentioned other UWSSAs, which have qualified for IFF OBA financing
arrangement and awarded the loan as Tanga UWSSA, which got 1.8bn/-, Iringa
UWSSA (275m/-) and Kahama UWSSA (66.7m/-). “So today’s agreement makes total
UWSSA’s successfully accessed IFF OBA loan in the country reach four, while
other 10 UWSSAs have applied for the loan worth 12 million million Euro also
contributed by KfW”, he said. He said Germany and Tanzania have prepared a
pilot IFF OBA programme to complement others at the ministry where, basing on
innovations, UWSSAs eligible projects will gain access to commercial financing
to implement the projects, which will be beneficial as they will bolster
I won the second prize in policy category of the African Information society Initiative ( AISI) awards 2004 which is annually organized by the United Nations- Economic Commission for Africa ( UNECA) based in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. On the first photo above standing with other awardees after the Ceremony at the National Settlers monument in Grahamstown, South Africa.This was during the 8th Highway Africa Conference.The second photo shows the cross section of Jounalists from different African countries who attended the ceremony.
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I participated in the Media Competition in writing about VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing) in Tanzania which was held between July 15th and October 30th 2008 whereby I emerged among the top five winners. The competition was under the program known as “Tanzania bila Ukwimwi inawezekana” which literally means, Tanzania without AIDS disease transmission is possible”. This is a program which was organizedby the Association of Journalists Against AIDS in Tanzania (AJAAT) under TACAIDS funding. In the photo, I am being presented with a certificate of participation by the Chairman of the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) Dr. Fatma Mrisho in a colorful ceremony which was held on 22nd December 2008 at Tanzania Information Centre in Dar es Salaam.
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