Saturday, 31 August 2013

We can end road madness!

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By staff writer

In Summary
But this madness can be stopped. Human factors such as carelessness, and lack of safeguards that have led to the dire situations are matters that are within our control as a people.

It is with profound sadness that the nation received news that 13 people travelling in a minibus got killed when their vehicle rammed into a stationary truck. Gruesome deaths such as these add to a narrative that is becoming common on our roads. In recent years, road accidents have contributed significantly to the country’s overall mortality, competing with well-known killers such as Aids, malaria and tuberculosis.

With the challenges that have been facing the transport sector in the past few years, it is no wonder that recent surveys have suggested that the country is currently losing lives through road carnage at a rate higher than that of population growth.

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Friday, 23 August 2013

Cut number of road blocks, traders urge

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Melard Karoza, The Citizen Correspondent

Business communities in the Lake Zone have asked the government to reduce the number of road blocks along the Mwanza to Sirari highway, saying their presence only served to attract illegal dealings and smuggling of commodities across the border.

The businessmen, most of who engage in exporting cotton and ground nuts to neighbouring Kenya, claimed that road blocks were senselessly placed and have been used as sources of income by dishonest officials.

One of the businessmen, a Bariadi-based groundnut exporter, Mr Pius Sabeya, called on the government to address the situation.

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