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Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria fresh waters to increase water supply

 

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Lake Victoria

Grand Lake Victoria water project ushered in

PETI SIYAME IN SUMBAWANGA

THE Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, has announced a grand water distribution project in four regions of Katavi, Rukwa, Simiyu and Tabora by harnessing Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria fresh waters to increase water supply, hence permanently addressing water woes in the regions.

Mr Majaliwa revealed that while addressing residents of Majengo residents in Sumbawanga Municipality in Rukwa Region on Wednesday shortly after laying a foundation stone on a mega-water project funded by the European Union and Government of Germany through its development bank, KfW, at the cost of 32bn/-.

“The government is looking at the possibility of harnessing Lake Tanganyika’s fresh waters from Karema Village in Tanganyika District (Katavi ) as well as Kasanga Port in Kalambo District in Rukwa Region for use in those municipalities as well as all villages in which the project will pass through”, he said.

In the same vein, the PM said that water supply in Shinyanga Region, as harnessed from Lake Victoria would be pumped into Igunga and Nzega districts in Tabora Region. Also, the water project in Busega District in Simiyu Region will be extended to Bariadi, Itilima, Meatu and Maswa districts in the region.

Mr Majaliwa cautioned that environmental degradation in Rukwa and Katavi regions could lead to desertification if stern measures are not taken to curb it and plant many trees to check climate change effect.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.