Tanzanian president calls for better protection of water sources

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President Samia Suluhu Hassan
Samia Suluhu Hassan

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Thursday ordered district and regional commissioners to ensure that water catchments areas are fully protected to save the country from looming water scarcity.

“Encroachment of water catchments areas and felling of trees for farming and livestock keeping are destroying the water sources threatening water availability in the country,” warned Hassan.

Speaking at the 50th anniversary of Bugando referral hospital in the northern city of Mwanza, Hassan said she was aware that a good number of towns and cities in the country have started experiencing water shortage and power outage caused by declining water levels in rivers and dams.

“Relevant authorities should not hesitate to take punitive actions to farmers and livestock keepers who invade water catchments areas,” ordered President Hassan.

She cited Ruvu River and Great Ruaha River basins as the most invaded water catchments areas, saying livestock keepers have invaded these areas for grazing their animals. Enditem

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