PRESIDENT John Magufuli has assured Tanzania and Rwanda residents on security saying he recently appointed senior army officials to be Regional Commissioners (RC), for Kagera, Kigoma, Geita and Simiyu.
He appealed to Tanzania and Rwanda residents to utilise fully the opportunities availed as the Rusumo International Bridge and One Stop Border Post (OSBP), for robust economic transformation, poverty reduction and improved livelihoods.
Dr Magufuli made the remarks on Wednesday when opening the facilities accompanied by President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda. He noted that security in regions bordering Rwanda and Burundi was beefed up to allow people to do business in a peaceful mood.
“Security is secured. We have military generals in the four regions. I can assure you that incidents of banditry and carjacking are now a matter of the past, “he said.
President Magufuli recently appointed Maj Gen (rtd) Salim Kijuu the new Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC), replacing John Mongela who was transferred to Mwanza. In the past, armed bandits terrorized passengers plying between Muleba-Biharamulo, Biharamulo-Ngara and Karagwe-Ngara hiding in Kimisi and Burigi National Forest Reserves.
President Magufuli also stressed the importance of unity among East African Community (EAC), member countries, saying such unity would make the countries stronger economically and speed up development.
He noted that EAC countries--Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and South Sudan with a combined population of 165 million people had a better chance to hasten development if they remained united.