Kasanga, named Bismarck burg during the German East Africa era, is a small fishing village located along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, 810 m above sea level.However, due to military restrictions, only members of Regional Defence and Security Committee led by its chairperson Rukwa Regional Commissioner, Ms Stella Manyanya, were allowed to accompany the Vice President, Dr Bilal into the ruins now accommodating a military detachment.
The ruins founded in 1888 during the German colonial period by the explorer Ludwig Wolf and the German East Africa Company, is still visible and somewhat is still maintained its old architectural structures.After 1920 the British Mandate regime of Tanganyika territory dropped the German name of the village and changed it to Kasanga village.
Thereafter Dr Bilal had an opportunity to visit the Kasanga Port and launched two cargo sheds worth over 1.1 bilion/-.Earlier the Kigoma Port Manager, Mr S Nandi briefed the Vice-President, Dr Bilal that during 2006 and 2011 over 77,000 tonnes ofvarious cargo had passed through Kasanga port and 6,457 passengers.
According to Mr Nandi, Kasanga Port had three cargo sheds with the joint capacity to accommodate over 77,000 tonnes of various goods. It also has a fork lift with a capacity to lift five tonnes at a go.Dr Bilal was also briefed that MV Liemba considered to be the oldest ship in the world, operates through Kasanga Port. However, due to her old age, she is expected to undergo major rehabilitation funded by German.
The Vice President, also launched a modern built fishing market for Mbeya and Rukwa region and located at Lusambo area long the shore of Lake Tanganyika at Kasanga fishing village in Sumbawanga District. The market was constructed by MVIWATA jointly with GRERT and Sumbawanga District Council through Food Crops Wholesale Markets Project.
Dr Bilal was briefed that more than 4.9bn/- was spent on the construction of the market. Of the amount the European Community provided 4.4bn/-, Mviwata contributed over 166m/-, Gret 49m/- and Sumbawanga District Council contributed over 64m/-. The Council is required to contribute over 138m/-.
However, the Kalambo Constituency's Member of Parliament, Mr Josephat Kandege told the Vice President that the project lacked reliable power to operate fish storage facilities.Dr Bilal reassure the people that the government would provide for them such essential infrastructures like reliable roads, power and health facilities.
"I assure you that the project will get a reliable water supply - as your government is tirelessly striving to ensure that all the necessary infrastructures are brought closer to the people," Dr Bilal said.