Chakwera impressed with Tanzania’s economic growth without foreign aid

President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera shojis expressed this admiration of the infrastructural and economic development taking place in Tanzania without reliance on foreign aid.

“Take my hand” Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli seems to say to his Malawian counterpart Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera after joitly inaugurating Mbezi Luis Bus Terminal in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as part of easing trade and travel between the two SADC countries. Picture by Pauline Kaude – Malawi News Agency (MANA).

The President said when he made a two-day state visit to the East African country where he laid a foundation stone for the Mbezi Luis upmarket bus terminal in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania which is currently under construction.

Upon, completion, the Mbezi Luis which has been 100 per cent funded by the Tanzanian Government, will become the largest bus terminal in East and Central Africa.

He said Tanzania is leading the way by demonstrating that you can have huge projects solely funded by government.

“Tanzania is demonstrating that it’s not about aid but trade and that there are resources right in our countries which need to be utilized,” he said while congratulating the country for turning itself into a middle income economy.

The Malawi President observed that the upmarket international bus terminal will not only benefit the people of Tanzania but other countries including Malawi whose people travel to and from the country for trade.

Tanzania’s President, John Pombe Magufuli, took a swipe at the people in charge of the project for delaying its completion which was initially slated for July this year.

He said he had refused the contractor’s request to have the completion period extended to January next year.

“You need to work extra hard even if it means working day and night. I need this project finished by November.

“Let every penny for this project serve its intended purpose otherwise I will not tolerate any financial mismanagement,” said Magufuli, adding it was important to ensure that contractual obligations are met.

He observed that by delaying the project, employment opportunities for a lot of people who would have been working and providing services at the facility are also being delayed.

The Mbezi Luis upmarket bus terminal will have hotels, apartments, shopping malls, immigration offices and banks among other components, according to Tanzania’s Minister of State in the President’s Office, Selemani Jaffo.

“This facility will simplify the challenges passengers encounter when travelling as it will have everything on one place,” said Jaffo.

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Mphonongolo
Mphonongolo
8 months ago

Comparing mangoes to apples. TZ has access to the sea, Malawi does not.

From me
From me
8 months ago
Reply to  Mphonongolo

Rwanda has no access to the sea and yet…

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Anaconda Mfune
Anaconda Mfune
8 months ago
Reply to  From me

This is indeed comparing the incomparable. Tanzania has an opening to the sea, they utilize their natural resources wisely and their geographical position is a plus. Instead of preaching to Malawians theories and inaugurating already established projects means nothing. So far there has been no blue print issued as to how development matters will be handled based on priorities. As a tax payers I will need to know what is in the offing. But what is being prioritised is vengeance. If you talk of bad expenditure of our taxes then the Alliance is a good example. Chakwera is busy regional-trotting… Read more »

Geza Ulole
Geza Ulole
8 months ago
Reply to  Anaconda Mfune

Mr Anaconda, i find ur Opinion to be misguided, TZ is doing all it can to cut down costs a Malawaian that wants to use Dar port incurs n should something to be applauded. As Tanzanian i don’t find Chakwera’s trip to be wastage of time or resources but a learning tour aside building a good rapport with a neighbor that can lead to business btn these two nations flourish. I believe with good incentives that palty of less than 200mln trade btn MW and TZ can grow to over $500mln! Its out of this same reason of being landlocked… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Geza Ulole
CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
8 months ago

Whatever our impediments we must from now on refrain from stealing particularly the DPP wanton looting from our state coffers. Of course a lot of talk about projects funded by the government all we have experienced is the stalling the projects. None have been concluded in manner that has not courted ACB attention.

Moya
Moya
8 months ago

Government can do big projects only if they work ethics change and they stop kusolola. This is not a rocket science thing

Jonas
Jonas
8 months ago

Our friends have free access to the ocean, we are landlocked and we pay hefty fees for our imports for using the TZ port. How can they not be ahead in terms of development. All we know is to loot the little that the govt collects from taxes….very sad indeed. No patriotism for the Mother Malawi……

Chib
Chib
8 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

It’s true my brother!!!! Apart from that our civil servants are interested to be bribed to offer the free services…..the chief immigration officer in Blantyre what have you done to that officer who demanded ya Fanta before releasing the passport…..

Tonse
Tonse
8 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

It’s not about access to the ocean, its about patriotic and integrity in our doing, if Malawi had access to sea ports we would have been much poorer than we are, coz what we know is to steal and steal more . Ndilowemo mkabemo trend will not help us at all. Edmond burke said and I court “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing “

Zaya
Zaya
8 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Being landlocked and paying hefty port fees is just an excuse. LMC and his Tonse administration should change course and focus on making things work in all sectors of the economy. At the moment, the focus seems to be on making modest changes and then spending twice as much effort talking about those modest changes to how the doomed APM administration was handling public matters. The “servant leadership” that was talked about a lot during the campaign is at odds with this insatiable appetite for self praise. Do the work necessary and the praise will come from other people. Focus… Read more »

Jesta
Jesta
8 months ago
Reply to  Zaya

if you saw the budget, it has very little development projects. so for this year it is far fetched. The fertiliser subsidy is using too much money that could have helped elsewhere. It could still be used in agriculture but results oriented programs. We can’t move forward with things as they are

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