TZ “dream city” project hits yet another snag

Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam, the proposed site for a multibillion dollar satellite city

Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam, the proposed site for a multibillion dollar satellite city

The residents of Kigamboni, the site of the government’s state of the art satellite project are tasking the government to educate them about the project.

Residents demanding for a “layman education campaign” on top of the already available technical information on the construction of Tanzania’s first strategic satellite city—in Kigamboni.

The implementation of the ambitious project has faced hurdles from the beginning, just last year the project was put on hold as the government resolved “some issues” with stakeholders.

Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda announcing the suspension earlier last year said the process will resume after key stakeholder issues are sorted out. The stakeholders he was talking about include the residents in the area and leaders of Temeke Municipality have been solved.

About Tsh11.6trillion was to be spent on the three phase project as first proposed to kick start in 2012 to 2022, 2022 to 2027 and 2027 to 2032 and overseen by Kigamboni Development Authority—KDA.

However, at a public gathering between the residents and the government on Sunday, they too said they are tired of too much technical information from the government.

Kassim Abdallah, Chairman, Kigamboni Resolution Committee said “We want the government to prepare sufficient explanations about the satellite city master plan so the illiterate can also understand.”

He added there was no need to rush into implementing the project especially when the people are not well informed.

“We are the key stakeholders in this plan,” he says. “The government is obliged to ensure we are well informed and able to comprehend the master plan without doubt.”

Kigamboni Member of Parliament Dr. Faustine Ndugulile said that the land belongs to Kigamboni residents and hence the government should work according to their demands and not otherwise.

“We own this land and we have all the rights in the world to decide on how things should be done around here as per our need.” Hon. Ndugulile said

The National Programme Coordinator in the Prime Minister’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government Michael Mwalukasa stated all the concerns raised by the residents will be forwarded to authorities for consideration.

If all goes according to plan and the project is completed, the multibillion dollar undertaking is expected to transform Kigamboni into a modern city like Dubai or Hong Kong.