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Don`t let students block roads, Mahiza tells DCs

9th June 2012
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Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) Mwantumu Mahiza

Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) Mwantumu Mahiza mid this week said the trend of students and pupils to block roads to express displeasure over various issues is unacceptable and called on district authorities in the region to take stern measures against the behaviour.

She said students at Mkiu Village Secondary School n Mkuranga District and Muhoro Village in Rufiji District have rioted and blocked the main road at different times in the process for one grievance or another.

She said such actions disturbed innocent people especially travelers using the roads.” We are succumbing to the disease; take immediate measure to restore law and order in the region. “You are a strong team; you should be able to address students’ grievances through discussion.”

She said the students burnt tyres along on road destroying the tarmac.” This is very bad, it should be stopped immediately and make sure that students’ grievances are addressed and immediate measures taken to contain the unbecoming behaviour

The RC, speaking during a one -day regional road board meeting at Kibaha, said the behaviour was deepening roots among students and pupils in various schools in the region.

Mahiza’s call come hardly a month after students in Kilwa District blocked Kilwa Road Highway that leads to Lindi by laying tree logs, frustrating transport from Dar es Salaam to Southern regions of Mtwara and Lindi.

According to Mahiza, the problem was now becoming a serious menace to other motorists in the region.

The RC said the district commissioners should educate local residents in general and students and pupils in particular to discuss issues at meetings to arrive at solutions and avoid conflicts.

A report made available during the meeting by Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) in the region has proposed a budget of a total of 4,453,057m/- for the main road repair of 422.1 km and 15 bridges during the financial year of 2012/2013.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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