By Azania Post Reporter
TANZANIA will construct three water dams in Songwe River to reduce downpour speed, generate power and increase food production.
This was said in a Parliament by the Minister for Water and Irrigation, Isack Kamwelwe, when responding to a supplementary question by Janeth Mbene, Ileje legislator (CCM).
The Legislator had wanted to know measures taken by the government to reduce the effects of floods caused by Songwe river.
“River Songwe normally shift from one place to another during rainy season causing floods which destroys people’s properties what measures have been taken by the government to rectify the situation?,” she said.
Responding Minister Kamwelwe said the government had started to address challenges facing river Songwe which also crosses to neighboring Malawi.
He said to start with the government will construct three water dams that would help reduce floods speed and produce power.
“We will construct down, middle and upper dams in the said areas that would also generate power and nearby residents use it for food production”, he said.
Already Malawi and Tanzania have agreed to work together for the development of the Songwe River Basin Program (SRBDP).
The program is expected to generate economic, social, environmental, and livelihood benefits for the people of the Songwe Basin. It will also enhance food and energy security and boost economic growth on the borders between the Southern African countries.
This US$ 829 million trans boundary program seeks to develop a multipurpose dam, expected to supply up to 180 megawatts of hydro power. It will also provide water for an irrigation scheme covering about 3,000 hectares in each of the countries and control floods in the densely populated lower part of the basin.
Two small towns with a population of roughly 86,000 inhabitants and some 36 neighboring villages will be provided with water through this program. Other components of the program include rural electrification, social infrastructure, and institutional capacity building.