By Moshi Shabani
Tanzanian Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Hamad Masauni has threatened to take strictly measures against reckless road users who are not adhere to road rules and regulation.
Masauni challenged the small amount fine of 30,000/- which charged by the government, said it might be too cheap to lawbreakers to afford, something which make them do the same repeatedly.
The minister’s statement revealed heading to the Road Safety Festival which will be held on next Saturday, before the event was scheduled to be happen today but has postponed due to the national occasion of launching Hoima-Tanga Crude oil pipeline.
“I believe after the festival, which intentionally aiming at creating awareness to enormous people about road accidents citizens will get to know the important of obeying the road’s rules and regulations,” he said.
He said Tanzania Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa is expected to represent President John Magufuli on the opening of the festival which will be on August 12, this year, while Former President of Tanzania Ally Hassan Mwinyi will lead the jogging.
The minister cited the Fesival slogan as "We don’t want accident, we want to live in safety" Twenzetu Taifa'.
In a related move, Masauni congratulated various stakeholders who have decided to volunteer to sponsor the Road Safety Festival including Bakheresa Group which promised to offer drinks and T-shirt, NMB Bank, BINSLUM Tyres company limited provided sets of Jersey.
NMB’s Head Personal, Banking, Retail and Sales Omary Mtiga said: “We have supporting the efforts done by the ministry to educate people on the road safety, the bank has set 10 million as its contribution to the event.”
Omary Kuwe, Sales and Marketing Manager from Azam said his office will sponsor broadcasting live the programme as well as providing drinks and T-shirt.
The Road Safety Festival will bring together various artists who will use the platform to send the education message to the public. Namely Diamond Platnumz (real name Naseeb Abdul) with his colleague working under label of Wasafi Classic Baby (WCB) such as Harmonize, Lavalava, Rayvanny, Rich Mavoko and Queen Darlin. Others are Mrisho Mpoto, Msaga Sumu, Tunda Man, Shilole and Darasa, and for film artist there will be Natasha, Monalisa, JB, Chiki Mchoma, Davina and Keth.