Mwinyi promises to rebuild school after inferno

ZANZIBAR: ZANZIBAR President Dr Hussein Mwinyi has pledged to rebuild Kengeja Secondary School in Pemba which was demolished by an inferno on January 31st, this year.

Dr Mwinyi made the pledge after visiting the school to provide comfort to the students, teachers, parents, and the community.

“It is sad that the building and some properties, including the hostel, have been destroyed, but let us be patient as the government plans to rebuild the school,” Dr Mwinyi said over the weekend.

He revealed that investigations are still ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.

Dr Mwinyi reminded the relevant authorities about the importance of fire precaution measures and the need to improve the firefighting system in the islands to minimise the impact of future fire outbreaks.

The Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Ms Lela Mohamed Mussa, also provided comfort to the students for their loss.

She expressed gratitude to various stakeholders who have donated to the school, including an unnamed Good Samaritan who donated 300m/-.

“Other donors include businessman Mr Rostam Aziz (100m/-), NMB bank (70 bed sheets and 70 mattresses), Zanzibar Revenue Authority (5m/-), businessman Mr Hussein Muzzamil (1m/-), and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), which has provided school uniforms for 70 students,” Ms Mussa said.

Meanwhile, during his engagement with his Islamic followers at Friday mass prayers, Dr Mwinyi reminded Zanzibaris and Tanzanians in general to remain committed to maintaining peace, unity, cohesion, stability and continuing to contribute to achieving development goals.

He issued this reminder after the prayers and the opening of the three-day Muslim preaching gathering (Tabligh Markaz) being held at Magome Festival in Chakechake District, South Pemba Region.

“Keep praying for our peace and stability,” Dr Mwinyi said. He also appealed to parents and believers to strengthen their role in teaching children religious knowledge so that they fear God (Allah) and refrain from using drugs, theft, dishonesty regarding public property and sexual abuse.

The President also praised the Office of the Grand Mufti of Zanzibar for effectively coordinating religious activities and promoting stability, peace, and love.

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