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Posted On: August 14, 2020

Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania Hon. Kassim Majaliwa said the government is making efforts to ensure the transportation problem for Mafia citizens is resolved.

"For a long time, these citizens have been struggling to lack a definite travel. I want to assure the Mafia citizens that the work continues well and will soon get a point of transport. "

The Prime Minister made the statement (Thursday, August 13, 2020) at the the fleet of Songoro Marine Boat Yard) located in Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam immediately after inspecting for the construction of a new Mafia ferry that will ply between the Mafia and Nyamisati, the Kibiti District, the Coast region.

The prime Minister said, currently the Mafia citizens are getting ferry transport three times a week by the ferry which was taken from Zanzibar. "That will provide services until this is fully owned and ready to go there," he insisted.

"I have come to inspect the development of the ferry construction project as the aim of our government is to ensure the transportation sector in the country is strengthened in all areas including the water."

Speaking about employment, the Prime minister has said he gets very comfortable to see Tanzanians working hard. "I am very comfortable because the government has attempted to fight employment challenges, and employment is not necessary to stay in the office. Here I have watched the Tanzanian citizens work, beginning with the company's owner to the technicians. "

"You are our ambassadors to those nations claimed that Tanzanians are not as unjustified. But here I do not hear the director of Songoro, claiming that you are not saving or you are stealing wires. You are proof that Tanzanians are competent and ethical, I congratulate you for this, " said the Prime Minister and was applauded by the Songoro's staff.

At the same time, the Prime Minister ordered the Tanzania Shipping Agency (TASAC) to ensure that it works closely with the Songoro Marine so that it can monitor the construction of the ferry and provide a continuous permit and any other work whenever necessary.

"Should not work to be finished, then they are asking for a certificate to confirm its quality, you are the one who are suppose come here all the time to give up defects. It is good to work closely, call them to inspect each step to the end, and they know what has been done, "he insisted.

Earlier during the visit, reading the implementation of the ferry construction project, the Chief Executive for Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency (TEMESA), Engineer Japhet Y. Maselle said the ferry construction has reached 83 percent, expected to be completed by September 25, this year.

He added despite resolving travel concerns for passengers, the completion of a new Mafia ferry, will offer commercial opportunities for Mafia residents. He said the construction of the ferry will cost Sh. 5.2 billion while the contractor has already been paid. 4.2 billion equivalent to 80% of all costs.

"This new ferry with a 42-metre width of 12 m, when completed, will be having the ability to carry 100 tonnes, 200 passengers, 10 smaller cars and cargo. "