Magufuli Warns Officials scheming to profit from Earthquake Relief Aid

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Tanzania President John Magufuli warned officials thinking they would profit from relief aid for Kagera earthquake victims to hold their breath and assured that the government will reconstruct all damaged infrastructure including schools, health centres and other social services.

Magufuli sounded the warning in Dar es Salaam after receiving a report on the earthquake from the country’s Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa.

East Africa heads of state including Uganda and Kenya have responded to the call of assistance from the ‘bulldozer’ to help victims from the Northwestern part of the country.

A total of $ 200,000 was received from Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, while kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta provided roofing sheets, blankets and mattresses worth Tsh 115 million.

Dr Magufuli directed state organs to make close monitoring of people with the intention of abusing the contributions for personal benefit.

The tremor, which measured at a magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter scale, occurred on September 10, 2016 in the Northwestern Kagera region.

Images posted on social media showed significant damage to buildings in Bukoba, a city of more than 70,000 people where most casualties were reported.

The US Geological Survey says the quake struck at a depth of 10km (six miles) at 15:27 local time on Saturday (12:27 GMT).

Local media reported that the death toll from the tremors has reached 19 while hundreds are still nursing injuries from the tragedy.