By Azania Post Reporter
THE government has asked Dar es Salaam region authorities to intervene in conflict between Mabibo market traders and the management of Friendship Textile mill over land ownership.
Speaking to the traders, the Minister in the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government Authorities), Suleiman Jaffo said the government want to see both parties understand each other.
Already management of the factory who own the land legally has announced to remove traders in the market for further development of the area.
Jafo said he visited the area after receiving complaints through the Ubungo District Commissioner that the Factory want to regain their plot.
“For this issue we have to see the interests of majority of ordinary traders I ask the Dar es Salaam regional commissioner to meet with both parties to resolve the conflict,” he said.
He urged traders to remain calm while the regional government in collaboration with Yono Auction mart, factory management are working on their challenges
The Mabibo market which dwells over 2,000 traders has been engaged in a long time conflicts following the factory management decision to evict them.
Speaking during the 50th anniversary Exhibition of 'Urafiki' Friendship Textile Mill, the former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industries, Trade and Investment, Dr Adelhelm Meru, was quoted as welcoming China to participate in the revitalisation of factories in the country.
"Let me say that the revitalisation of factories like this one are very instrumental towards fostering the country's economic development.
He further said that despite the FTC facing many challenges, Tanzanian government is quite certain that the two countries will do all they can to ensure that Urafiki remains strong.
According to Ministry’s minister Charles Mwijage s the government has embarked on talks with Urafiki investor to see how they can offload shares to the state.
“We want to have at least 75 percent of shares to enable us have majority decision in the factory, where we can allow more locals to take part”, he said in a Parliament last year.
Mwijage said the government want to see the factory operate at full capacity, create jobs to at least 8,000 people.
Tanzania-China Friendship Textile Company evolves from the two countries' Friendship Textile factory, a China-sponsored project in Tanzania. It is a joint venture company between Changzhou State owned Textile Assets Operation Company of China and the government of the United Republic of Tanzania.
The project has far-reaching political, diplomatic and economic significance against the backdrop of booming bilateral ties between China and Tanzania.
Tanzania, develop its textile industry and improve employment and living conditions for Tanzanians.