Minister appeals for more survivors’ donations

22Sep 2016
Devota Mwachang'a
The Guardian
Minister appeals for more survivors’ donations

MINISTER for Information, Culture, Artists and Sports, Nape Nnauye has encouraged more individuals and private organisations to donate voluntarily for survivors of the Bukoba tremor, in Kagera Region.

Information, Culture, Artists and Sports minister Nape Nnauye (R) receives 10m/- Skol Building Contractors Ltd chairman Vincent Massawe in Dar es Salaam yesterday. The money is a donation by the firm to people affected by the devastating earthquake that hit parts of Kagera Region on September 10.

The minister made the remarks after he received a donation of 10m/- from Skol Building Contractors limited.

Speaking moments after receiving the money in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Nape said still more funds and other essential matters including construction materials were needed to assist the people of the tremor in the region.

“We thanked all good wishers who in one way or another had donated for our brothers and sisters who were hit by the tremor in Kagera. It is high time for people in their individual capacities and in groups who are yet to support the government in this crisis, to come forward and assist the victims,” he said.

Nnauye said more funds and humanity assistance is needed for the survivors, and invited more people to donate through different fundraising events; he said the government is expecting to receive more funds from donors within and outside the country.

He thanked the Skol Building Contractors limited for their donation as part of the company’s efforts to support g the government.

The minister also said the government would continue to organise fundraising events in which people will show up to donate.

On his part, the Skol Building Contractors Limited, Chairman, Vincent Massawe said his company was touched and called to action by the havoc caused by the earthquake that had so far killed 17 people and destroyed infrastructures amongst them houses and schools.

“As a patriotic company, with roots in Tanzania, we were touched with the deaths and destruction to property caused by the earthquake in Kagera Region.

And because our presence depends on the development of the society, we have a responsibility to assist whenever there are natural disasters like what we are witnessing now,” he said.

He called upon other businesspeople to stand up and give support to the government in its on-going efforts to assist the victims.