Is this a joke or prank news? We have Rubada folks matching all the way to South Korea to borrow 50 million Shillings to grow food and we are ready to sign of 43 billion to pave a tarmac for flying magic carpets of Rukwa? Kisa eti Waziri Mkuu awe na hadhi ya kushusha Gulf Stream? Why not allocate that money to rebuild our Railway System or clean the JKNIA or KIA which are disgusting? Yaani ukisikia Amani na Utulivu uliojaa upumbavu ni huu. Serikali ina deni kubwa kiasi haiwezi kulipa mishahara au kutoa huduma za jamii, lakini tunajenga Uwanja Rukwa? Why not spend that money to buy 3 thermal generators that can produce a minimum total of 150mw? When will people get angry and riot? PETI SIYAME in Sumbawanga, 2nd December 2009 Daily News THE Government estimates to spend more than 43bn/ on the upgrading of Sumbawanga Airstrip in Rukwa Region to tarmac level during next fiscal year. The Tanzania Aviation Authority (TAA) Director of Engineering and Technical Services Mr White Majula said here that the government needed adequate funds amounting to 43,035,200,00/- for upgrading runways 1,750 metre- long with 30 metre width from gravel to tarmac level to enable aircraft to land throughout the year. He mentioned other infrastructure to be upgraded include; taxiway in between runway and apron , modern passengers lounge, installation of sub power station , fencing the whole area and improving sanitation facilities. The condition of the airstrip has deteriorated due to various factors including erosion due to heavy rainfall. Mr Majula said funds were urgently needed for major rehabilitation of the airstrip, short of which further deterioration would occur. " Upon the completion of the project the airport would expedite the regional socio economic development and promoting tourism in the Southern Highlands Regions including Katavi National Park in the region. The airport will also ease transportation problems in the area as other local air travel companies would eventually consider introducing routes to and from Sumbawanga Municipality and linking the area to other parts of the country and abroad", Mr Majula observed. Mr Majula said process to float tender of the project was progressing as scheduled. He further said that in 2007 the government received a financial assistance from IDA in that line Belva Engineering Company (Tanzania) in collaboration with Sir Fredrick Snow and Partners from England have been assigned since November 2007 to prepare tendering document and carry out Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). All the documents had been submitted to the Tanzania Aviation Authority (TAA) for further action. The government through TAA has already allocated more than 230.3m/- for management of the airstrip including normal repairs of which over 80m/ will be spent on the running of the airstrip while over 100 m/- has been set aside for the routine repair of the runway as 50 m/- will be spent on the purchase of Pick up to ease transport problems.