By Emmanuel Onyango
PRESIDENT of the Revolutionary government of Zanzibar Dr. Ali Mohammed Shein has reiterated his government’s commitment to continue maintaining articles that bound the union signed between Zanzibar and Tanganyika about 54 years ago.
Dr. Shein was addressing a mammoth that turned up at Sheikh Aman Stadium in Zanzibar today to mark 54 years of Zanzibar Revolution Day.
In his speech, Dr. Shein has mentioned various economic achievements that his government has attained in various sectors of development that included tourism, construction, education, trade, industry, health, water sector and livestock development, all these sectors have made a tremendous development in the country.
However, he noted that, the National Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for his country has increased from 6 percent up to present 7 percent respectively and insisted that his government is underway to add more efforts so as to mainstream the industrialization process to attain a middle income economy.
Either he said the total annual collections for his government had increased from shillings 461 billion in 2016 to 557 billion in 2017 respectively. This is an increase of 12.5 percent.
In view of this, that is why the Revolutionary government has been increasing the minimum wage for its public servants in four times as from 2011 to 2013 and from 2015 to 2017, and this he said has reached 100 percent.
He also noted that, under the program of acknowledging poor families and old people in Zanzibar, his government has registered 32,278 poor families from Zanzibar and Pemba Islands whereby about shillings 4.5 billion has been spent as gratuity for them up to the year ending 2017.
In a bid to curb the shortage of medical experts his government is striving to maximize medical treatment and efforts are underway by the government to add more training opportunities for medical experts in the country.
At the moment, he noted that with the present number of doctors working in Zanzibar, one attends 1,892 out-patients per year. This is normal for it has reduced considerably the mortality rates for children and mothers.
He gave the average statistics on child mortality rate to have been as reduced from 43 to 17 deaths for 2016 and 2017 and the maternal mortality from 237 to 195 deaths between 2016 and 2017.
Today’s event was attended by Union President Dr John Magufuli, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan , Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa , retired leaders of Tanzania and Zanzibar and ordinary citizens.