Ali Mohamed Shein, President of Tanzania’s semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, on Thursday said his government is determined to save its citizens from marine accidents by purchasing modern rescue and safety equipment.
He expressed the commitment when speaking in Pemba Island at the official launch of the Zanzibar anti- smuggling squad’s marine rescue center.
The launch is part of celebrations towards commemorating the 55th anniversary of the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution.
He said that the squad will be provided with modern equipment to strengthen its capacity.
He said the squad will also be used to ensure marine safety and security in both Pemba and Unguja Isands.
Shein said the Zanzibar government arrived to decision of buying the modern marine safety and rescue equipment after the deadly accidents that happened in 2011 and 2012.
According to him, it is the responsibility of the government to ensure safety of citizens especially when travelling through roads, in air and water.
He said the Zanzibar Safe project which includes construction of six marine rescue centers, training of securers will enhance safety in the Isles.
He explained that Zanzibar Safe project also includes installation of CCTV cameras at the Stone Town whereby a total of 687 cameras have been installed at various parts of the Islands.
“We have started with Stone Town. Our target is to install the video surveillance system in other towns including Pemba”, said Shein. Enditem