Arusha Times Correspondent
The regional commissioner for Arusha Mr. Magesa Mulongo says he wants Arusha to be a safe destination for investors, tourists and local people going about with their day-to-day duties.
He said he would ensure there was order and tranquility in the fast growing town which is also the hub of the tourism industry in the country and the headquarters of the East African Community (EAC) and allied bodies.
Mr. Mulongo, who was appointed Arusha RC in recent months made the remarks when he was addressing the local business community as well as officials from various public institutions.
He said as a regional administrator he has to ensure that there was peace in the area to ensure productive activities are interrupted by anarchy. He blamed some activists and politicians, he could not name, for allegedly being behind recent chaos in the city.
Arusha's Regional Commissioner, Mr. Magessa Mulongo
"The government is not there to intimidate people but to protect them and their property", he said in an apparent response to recent criticisms against him that he was behind the crackdown against opposition politicians, some of who have cases to answer in courts.
"I want to assure you that Arusha is safe. There is evidence because more and more tourists are streaming in while many hotels are being putting up and always full of visitors", he said during an event organized by the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA), the Arusha Chapter, at a leading hotel.
He admitted that there was a problem of unemployment among the youth and said this can be tackled through reviving the industrial plants which have suspended production or collapsed for many reasons.
He disclosed that Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro leaders would soon meet to strategize on how some industries can be revived. He did not say which factories they would focus on among dozens, especially in Arusha and Moshi, which closed many years ago.
Mr. Mulongo called on members of the chamber to assist the local authorities find a solution to the worsening problem of traffic jams in Arusha apparently because of the poor road network.
TCCIA regional chairman, Mr. Adolf Olomi told the gathering that a team of business people has been formed to advise the government and work out how to improve the transport infrastructure and make Arusha regain its lost glory.
The 'Arusha We Want' team is made up of stakeholders from the government and the private sector, he said.