Sunday, 4 December 2011

Pinda raises 1.5bn/- for Bugando rehabilitation

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THE Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda, on Saturday succeeded to solicit a total of 1.5bn/- during a fund-raising event aimed at rehabilitating and improving health services delivery at the Bugando Medical Centre.

The event took place at the Gold Crest Hotel in Mwanza city. The amount exceeded the previous target of 1bn/- and it took the premier about three hours to convince businessmen, financial institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local authorities and members of the general public to contribute for the course.

Major contributions came from African Gold Barrick Mine that pledged to contribute 500m/-, while Geita Gold Mine pledged a total of 200m/-. Others were Aus Drill (237m/-), TUCTA-Mwanza (200m/-) and seven Mwanza municipal councils which contributed a total of over 70m/-.

Others in the list were Serengeti Breweries, Vick Fish, Nyanza Roads Works, Gold Crest Hotel and Shia Ithna Asheri, which altogether pledged to contribute a total of 45m/-. About 60m/- was obtained in cash during the fund-raising event and the remaining 1.4bn/- was pledges. President Jakaya Kikwete and Premier Pinda pledged to contribute a total of 24m/-.

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