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Issue No. 0933
December 10 - 16, 2016

Local News

Unemployment soars as 60 percent of Arusha factories grind to halt

By Arusha Times Reporter

More than 60 percent of factories that were vibrant in Arusha after independence, have closed down, with some of the buildings that used to house them being converted into religious premises. Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa was told on Saturday.

The Mayor for Arusha City, Mr Kalisti Lazaro presented the grievances regarding high rate of unemployment among the youth during the Public Rally which was addressed by the Premier at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium yesterday evening. “Our factories are dead, many turned into churches others neglected,” he said.

Arusha City has 500,000 residents while the entire Region is made up of 1.8 million people.

Hanspaul Group of Companies Chairman, Kamaljit Singh (second left) briefing Prime
Minister Kassim Majaliwa about equipment manufactured by the company.

(Photo by Happy Lazaro).


Special Seat Members of Parliament, Catherine Magige (of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi - CCM) and Cecilia Pareso ( from CHADEMA), accused the City Council and Regional authorities here for failing to protect open spaces that have all been sold to investors.

“That makes it difficult for the youth and women to hatch own industries or trade because there are no places left for them to operate from, thus they clog roadsides and pavements in the city,” they said, citing the case of Kilombero Open Space in Levolosi Ward.

The  Prime Minister, Mr Majaliwa said he has taken note of the situation and that his government will address all problems being faced by the people of Arusha, as well as Tanzanians.

He also took addressed the complaints that money circulation is down: “We have been clearing government offices from dubious officials that used to misuse funds and now soon cash will start flowing from the central government into Municipal and District councils now that we are satisfied the funds are going to be properly managed,” said the Premier.

He explained that the state had to freeze some funds to ensure that every cent from public coffers is going to be properly used. “That is why we have now sent over 500 billion/- to Arusha City to take care of water projects, in the urban precinct,” he said.

He said the government will provide more cash for health, youth and women development as well as education initiatives.

During the Stadium Meeting, Mr Majaliwa distributed more than 200 new motorcycles valued at nearly 300 million/- to the youths of Arusha to help young people create  self-employment  through ‘Boda-Boda’ tax businesses.

Reports from the National Bureau of Statistics in Arusha through the Region’s Manager, Mama Margaret Mutaleba Martin indicates that Arusha currently has between 8000 and 9000 factories including small ventures such as carpentry workshops.

The recent NBS factory census sampled the mainstream 621 factories, among them 135 large establishments and 486 middle and small-scale ones.

Some of the factories that used to operate in Arusha since independence but closed down, include the giant textile establishments such as KILTEX, MB Textiles and Sun-Flag (Unga-Limited branch) as well as East Africa's most relied upon vehicle tyre manufacturer, General Tyre (EA) Limited and the large radio and electronics manufacturer, Phillips.



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