PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa is today expected to grace the launch of this year’s Uhuru Torch race at the national level at Nangwanda Sijaona Stadium in Mtwara Region.
The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Labour, Youth, Employment and Persons with Disabilities) Prof Joyce Ndalichako said here on Thursday.
She said after the official launch, the Uhuru Torch race will run for 195 days in 31 regions and 195 councils in Mainland.
The minister said during the Uhuru marathon that the torch race fosters national unity, peace and solidarity as well as encouraging ‘wananchi’ to participate in social development activities in their respective areas.
With the theme ‘Conserve environment, preserve water sources to protect ecology and ensuring sustainable development’, Prof Ndalichako said the Uhuru Torch will help create public awareness on calamities caused by destruction of environment and its effects on water sources.
“Apart from that, the Uhuru Torch 2023 theme will create public awareness on the importance of encouraging communities to continue participating in the fight against corruption and HIV/AIDS,” he said.
The Torch will also light on the need to fight illicit drugs, malaria and need for communities to focus on nutrition for health promotion of the population in the country.
Meanwhile, Mtwara Regional Commissioner, Colonel Ahmed Abbas said the region is well set to host the Uhuru Torch Race.
“We are well prepared to host the historical event, all the preparations have been completed,” he said and called for ‘wananchi’ and business people to attend the event and grab opportunities which come along with the event.