Saturday January 01, 2005 Local News Kikwete: Road project to go on Most Read · Nyerere visits orphanage, charts with children and. bequeaths land to one More News · Kikwete: Road project to go on · HIV infection rate doubles in three regions · Fish prices skyrocket in Mwanza · Canada, Ireland pledge more support for Food for Education programme · Dar es Salaam police save bajaj from robbery · Registration for midwives, herbalists launched · Boy drowns in pond in Dar es Salaam · Massive power plan in offing · Cyber crime experts for South Korea · Mkapa to head UN team for Sudan poll · Team to study Serengeti road · Ban on traditional medicinemen lifted · Primary school capitation grant to be raised · Fuel tanker burnt at petrol station · Natepe laid to rest · Tanzania in top 10 youngest people list · 40bn USD pledged to save women · Abdallah Said Natepe is dead · 64 per cent blood screened against WHO protocol · TTCL mulls switching to new satellite DAILY NEWS Reporter, Ngorongoro, 24th September 2010 @ 22:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 160 THE Union CCM presidential candidate, President Jakaya Kikwete has said that construction of road from Mto wa Mbu in Arusha to Mugumu town in Mara region will not disturb the eco-system of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Addressing residents of Loliondo in Ngorongoro district, Arusha region, at the ongoing election campaign rallies on Friday, the candidate said the project had taken into consideration all necessary precautions regarding environmental conservation. The road will not pass through the conservation area in the first place and all precautions have been taken to make sure that the wildlife is not affected, President Kikwete explained. The candidate was responding to voices raised by activists who have been opposing the idea of road construction to connect the two destinations, fearing that the project would scare animals and make them run away. Serengeti will not die and the project will not cause any destruction. The project has both social and economic advantages, bearing in mind that Arusha and Mara are the only two neighbouring regions without a tarmac road connecting them, he stated. In the recent past activists have raised concern and opposed construction of the road from Mto wa Mbu area through Ngarasero to Mugumu area in Mara region. The residents and activists were assured of the balanced approach in the implementation of the project, while it would not interfere with the wildlife conservation management. The government has also formed a task force that will advise the president over the construction of Musoma Arusha road through Serengeti National Park, following various views of both local and international organizations. According to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources Dr Ladislaus Komba, the task force will report directly to the president. The government has for time to time dismissed growing fears by both local and international groups opposing the project, that it will interfere with the Serengeti eco-system. The construction of the road connecting Arusha-Musoma regions will not disturb the popular annual wildlife migration as claimed by the campaigners. Also Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) showed that the project was feasible before it was included in the governments 10 years Transport Sector Improvement Programme (TSIP). Commenting on rural electrification project, Mr Kikwete said Loliondo and other surrounding villages in Ngorongoro district would be supplied with power in the next few years, as contractor for the project had been identified. After Loliondo the candidate proceeded to Mugumu to continue with campaign rallies in Mara region. He was expected to address residents of Mugumu, Shirati, Ingri Juu, Utegi and Tarime township on Friday.