October 31, 2014
Mr. Matsunaga cuts a ribbon to handover bicycles. On his left is, Mr. Mwanri, Deputy Minister (PMO-RALG).
JICA's Local government training program in Japan started in 2002 and more than 100 participants from Tanzania have so far been accepted for that training. Under the program, Regional Administrative Secretaries and District Council Directors are sent to Osaka Japan to learn Japanese Local Government Reform experiences with a view to improving the country's on - going reforms using lessons learnt in Japan.
The Deputy Minister, Prime Ministers' Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Hon. Aggrey Mwanri participated in such a program in October/December 2013 and had opportunity to discuss with the Mayor of Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture, on collaboration between the City and Siha District Council. One of the issues discussed was the transport challenge encountered by lower level extension staff in wards and villages in Siha. As a result of those discussions, Ibaraki City agreed to donate 500 bicycles to support the district. In June 2014, the handing over ceremony in Ibaraki City was held, whereby the Mayor, Mr. Yasuhira Kimoto, handed over the bicycles to Mr. John F. Kambona, Minister-Counselor, Tanzania Embassy in Japan.
The handing over ceremony at Siha DC Kilimanjaro Region was held on 9th October 2014, whereby the Deputy Head of Mission at Embassy of Japan to Tanzania Mr. Kazuyoshi Matsunaga handed over the 500 bicycles to the Deputy Minister Prime Minister's Office, Regional Administration and Local Government Hon. Aggrey Mwanri (Member of Parliament for Siha). This donation is in a move to help the marginalized, orphans, people with disabilities and the old. The bicycles will be sold to Siha community and the money be used to contribute to their medical care through Community Health Fund system. In his speech, Mr. Matsunaga highly commended on the commitment of Siha community and their leaders in ensuring that every support/aid is used to meet people's needs.
It is our hope that these bicycles which are the first step of collaboration between Siha DC and Ibaraki-city will be utilized based on what was learnt from training programme in Osaka.
The 500 bicycles assembled in front of Siha DC office
To mark the event, Mr. Matsunaga and Hon. Mwanri ride bicycles