Friday, 23 January 2009

Don't rely on donors for water, parliamentary team urges Govt

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Jackson Msangula

A parliamentary committee has said the Government should desist from depending on donor funds for projects aimed at providing people with safe water.

The committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Water said yesterday water was a priority area the Government should not leave entirely in the hands of donors.

"We know that water is life to everybody and as such the Government must not wait until donors provide funds to ensure people have safe water," the committee's chairperson, Mr Gideon Cheyo said at the end of a tour of the Mtoni (Upper and Lower) Ruvu pumping machine.

"We have to make sure that we accomplish our plans (to provide safe water) using our own internal sources of revenue," he said.

He urged the Government to put more effort to complete the Mwanza-Shinyanga water project, which is expected to ensure reliable supply of clean water to Dar es Salaam and coastal regions.

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