The Minister of Water and Irrigation, Hon.Eng. Isack Kamwelwe (MP) has said that in the coming 2018/2019 fiscal year, the Tanzanian government plans to allocate enough funds to boost and sustain the management of water sources from all nine water basins.
“All these basins are of great importance for the country’s socio-economic development,” he said, adding: “That’s why we want to invest heavily in managing them for the current and future generations.” He said that apart from allocating enough financial resources, the government will also carry out massive eviction operation to remove all people who have invaded the country’s water sources.
He made the pledge when speaking to journalists alongside water stakeholders’ meeting held in Tabora Region recently.
Tanzania has nine basins; Lake Victoria Basin, Lake Tanganyika Basin, Lake Rukwa Basin, Lake Nyasa Basin, Great Ruaha River Basin, Ruvuma and Southern Coast Basin, Wami River Basin, Pangani Basin and Internal Drainage Basin.
The development of the basins offers ample opportunities ranging from agriculture, hydropower generation, and wildlife.