President Jakaya Kikwete said yesterday, that the war against corruption must be intensified, promising that if elected he would further empower the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) in fighting the scourge.
"In a period of three to four years PCCB will be more powerful in the execution of its duties,' Kikwete declared during a string of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) campaign rallies in Kagera Region.
The CCM flag-bearer said the fact that many government leaders, politicians and businessmen had been arraigned over corruption charges was significant advance in the country's anti-corruption crusade.
He rubbished opposition claims that his government had done nothing in fighting graft in the country, saying there were a lot of positive steps made including amendment of Prevention and Combating of Corruption Act and enacting of the Election Expenses Act.
Kikwete pledged that the government would leave no stone unturned against corrupt practices.
He said the government had set aside about 9.9bn/- for power distribution in Bukoba rural and Karagwe districts, and that the project would be implemented through the Rural Electrification Agency.
He told party members and supporters at Rubale grounds in Bukoba rural district that the electricity project would take off this year using taxpayers' money.
Kikwete told the cheering crowd that the project would cover the area from Kanazi to Kafunjo, where there would be two lines one heading to Ibwera and Rubale townships and another one via Izimbya to cover Nyinganyakibumbi and Katoro.
The president also promised to complete the second phase of the construction of Bukoba airport by constructing a modern passenger lounge.
He said his frequent trips abroad during his first term in office had yielded positive results.
"If you are accepted by a superpower such as the United States of America (USA), the whole world rallies behind you," Kikwete said, adding: "But if you are dismissed by USA you will be discriminated against by the whole world."
He told a rally at Muleba that he would avail farmers the necessary inputs and urged coffee farmers to put more efforts into growing the crop now that it was fetching a reasonable price ranging between 700/-and 1,300/- per kilogramme.
Kikwete appealed to farmers in the region to make sure that the Kagera Cooperative Union (KCU) had a strong management team and avoid placing such a vital institution in the hands of corrupt people who ended up buying crops from farmers on loan, thus plunging the union deeper into debt.
The CCM flag bearer said the government would within the next five years make good it's earlier promise to launch a new passenger vessel to replace MV Bukoba that capsised in Lake Victoria 14 years ago, in a move to solve transport woes in Lake Victoria.
He reiterated his earlier call to the law and security organs to improve the security situation in the lake to curb pirates and cases of lawlessness.
He pledged to build on achievements registered in the health, education and infrastructure sectors with more zeal, more speed and more strength.
President Kikwete yesterday toured five constituencies of Geita (Katoro), Bukoba Urban, Bukoba Rural, Muleba North and Muleba South.