TWO days before the climax of the 2022 Uhuru Torch race, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliament, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled), Prof Joyce Ndalichako, has expressed satisfaction with the final preparations being taken by the regional authorities.
Addressing a press conference at the Kaitaba stadium on Tuesday evening, Prof Ndalichako said she was satisfied with the preparations including a parade by over 1,200 young pupils from various primary schools.
“The Uhuru Torch race climax will be held tomorrow (October 14th) at the Kaitaba stadium in Kagera region at the national level, where the guest of honour will be President Samia Suluhu Hassan,” she said.
Speaking at same occasion, the Minister of State in the 2nd Vice President’s Office (Policy Planning –House of Representatives-Zanzibar), Mr Hamza Hassan Juma, explained that the Uhuru Torch was of great importance because it was a national symbol of unity and development.
“Tanzanians have reason to thank God for the prevailing peace. In other neighbouring nations people were divided on tribal basis. We (Tanzania) have lived peacefully due to our unity. We should safeguard this unity,” he said.
Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC), Albert Chalamila, on the other hand, commended the government for allowing the region to host the climax of the 2022 Uhuru Torch race.
“We thank the government for allowing the region to host the 2022 Uhuru Torch race. All the necessary logistics have been completed to host the 2022 Uhuru Torch race climax,” he said.
Mr Chalamila explained that President Samia Suluhu Hassan is expected to arrive in Bukoba Municipal Council today (Thursday) where she will inspect and launch a modern Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA, at Nyakato Ward a few kms from Bukoba town.
Equally, he appealed to people where similar projects were being undertaken to ensure that they safeguard them and avoid vandalism for their own benefit and future generations. “This multi-billion project was of great importance. Apart from training youths in lifelong skills, it will also provide employment opportunities to surrounding villagers,” he said.
The Acting Kagera Regional VETA Director, Mr Ezekiel Kahonga informed him that the project was being undertaken by a Chinese contractor, Shadxi Construction Investment Group Ltd, would cost about 22.04bn/- upon completion and would enroll at least 800 students.
The project would be undertaken in two phases. Under phase one about 400 students on long courses would be enrolled while under phase two about 1,000 students taking short courses would be enrolled, he said.
He cited challenges facing the project to include shortage of water noting that on daily basis at least 50,000 litres were needed while a nearby water source provides about 10,000 litres during dry season.