Sunday, 16 January 2011

It`s a blame game over cement as arrests continue

From IPPMedia/The Guardian on Sunday, Dar es Salaam
By Staff writer

The Weights and Measures Agency (WMA) arrested 21 traders for stocking underweight cement last year.

According to the WMA, the arrests were made in six regions of the country where the routine inspections were conducted.

The arrests were made even as the cement manufacturers, transporters, traders, the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and other cement industry stakeholders continue to kick dust on the real cause behind the existence and sale of bags of underweight cement in the country.

The law requires that cement be packaged in bags weighing 50kg each, but the WMA has revealed that it has found and confisticated bags weighing as low as 39 kg in Mara Region and as low as 42 kg in Arusha town.

The WMA also collected over Sh4.7m in fines from the cement stockists who were nabbed in Arusha town, Ilemela and Nyamagana areas of Mwanza, Mbeya region, Morogoro region, Nyakato and Nyasho areas of Mara region and in Tegeta and Kawe areas of Kinondoni municipality in Dar es Salaam.

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