President Dk. John Pombe Magufuli’s first Independence Day celebration in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city could well be his last in the city dubbed Heaven of Peace. The next Independence Day celebration will be held in Dodoma, the capital city of Tanzania.
“I decided to hold the ceremony in Dar es Salaam as it might be the last time, next time it will be in the capital of the country—Dodoma,” Dk. Magufuli said.
This year’s Uhuru celebration are the first for Magufuli since he was elected Tanzania president in Oct. 2015. Newly elected President had canceled the Independence Day celebrations in Dec 2015, opting out for a day of countrywide clean up exercise instead.
“It would be “shameful” to spend huge sums of money on the celebrations when “our people are dying of cholera”, Magufuli had said. The last year canceled Uhuru ceremony were also budgeted to cost 4.0bn/-Tshs.
The news to move the Dec 9 Uhuru Parade to Dodoma, comes as Magufuli administration is preparing to move all ministries and other government offices from Dar, the country’s largest and an economic hub of the country to Dodoma, the designated capital of the East African nation.
Below are some highlights of the 55th Tanzania Independence Day.
We have posted a video that sums up the beauty, its people and the love of Tanzanians to their home. Enjoy.
Photos, messages and tweets from Tanzanians at home and diaspora and from friends of Tanzania on celebrating the 55th year of Independence.
— Sarah Cooke (@HCSarahCooke) December 9, 2016
— Bakari Machumu (@bmachumu) December 9, 2016
— Francine Muyumba (@Muyumba) December 9, 2016