By Azania Post Reporter
NO blanket permission in destroying water sources has been so far issued to any people or group in Tanzania, the Minister of State in the Vice President Office (Union and Environment), January Makamba has said in Dodoma.
The minister was responding to a supplementary question raised by Iringa Urban legislator, Peter Msigwa who wanted to know whether the decision announced yesterday by President John Magufuli to allow some residents in Kagera region to conduct their activities in water sources was applicable to all regions.
“We want to understand who is responsible with environment issues is it you Minister or the head of state, please tell us,” he said.
Minister of State in the Vice President Office (Union and Environment), January Makamba
Responding, Minister Makamba said the President was right to allow people to conduct activities within water sources.
“There is a clause in the environment act which empowers him to do so but it is applicable to those residents only and not otherwise,” he clarified.
However experts say protection water sources from being contamination should be among community members' priority as it is the most cost-effective and reliable way to save people from drinking unsafe water for generations to come.
They say most important rivers which are the main water sources for many people in the country were being seriously depleted or polluted.
"I am afraid to say water shortages will likely be a life decider for most people within the next ten years, we cannot afford to pollute and destroy our water sources, but that is exactly what we are doing often without knowing it," says Johnson Mwakifuna.
Expounding further, he said urgent interventions were needed, including reviewing regulations regarding protection of water sources which is crucial for future generations.