Chinese construction firm donates 100m/- to quake victims in Kagera

21Sep 2016
Prosper Makene
The Guardian
Chinese construction firm donates 100m/- to quake victims in Kagera

THE China Merchants Group has donated 100m/- to victims of last week’s earthquake in Lake Regions of Kagera and Mwanza.

Wu Bing official from China Merchants (1st R) presenting a dummy check for 100m/- to Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa (3rd L) in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday. Looking on (2nd R) is Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Tulia Ackson and Industries, Trade and Investment Minister (L), Charles Mwijage.

Speaking to Property Watch shortly after donating a 100m/- check to Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa earlier this week, China Merchants Holdings (International) Company Limited official, Bryan Wubing said China Merchants Group is a socially responsible company which will work with the people of Tanzania to overcome the natural disaster which claimed 16 lives and injured hundreds.

“Our Group’s board chairman Li Jianhong, has sent sincere condolences to President Magufuli which were delivered to the Prime Minister,” said Wubing.

He pointed out that the 100m/- which is about USD50,000 donation, was contributed by China Merchants Charitable Foundation which is under China Merchants Group.

“Since 2012, China Merchants Group, through China Merchants Port, has established a profound friendship with the government of Tanzania and its people by participating in the Bagamoyo port and portside industrial zone project,” he said.

Thousands of people were left homeless after the quake hit hard in Kagera Region where an estimated 800 buildings were destroyed.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa convened an emergency meeting with the privates sector, donors and charitable organizations earlier this week mobilizing resources to help address the crisis.

Authorities estimate that over 5bn/- is required to help the victims rebuild their lives construction of residential houses for poor families.

Some 253 people were injured, 840 houses collapsed and 1,264 other buildings suffered cracks to their walls in the incident which lasted for just few minutes.

“There are scores of children and women who are in dire need of shelter and medicines," Majaliwa said, and added: "The government is determined to ensure that it restores the public infrastructure damaged by the quake."

The Prime Minister's Office oversees the state-run Disaster Management Department, which is responsible for carrying out national disaster relief missions in such circumstances.

Following the premier's appeal on Tuesday, over 1.4bn/- has been donated by companies, business tycoons and representatives of foreign missions towards the cause.

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