Kikwete to officially launch Arusha City

President Jakaya Kikwete is tomorrow (Thursday) expected to officially launch the newly announced City of Arusha by ‘City Emblem’ at the Uhuru Torch monument near the Arusha Declaration Museum grounds.

Arusha Regional Commissioner, Magessa Mulongo told reporters yesterday that the ultimate ceremony to mark the occasion will be staged at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium on the same date and this will involve the entire public, mostly the town’s residents.

He said Kikwete will also inaugurate the ongoing road constructions and street refurbishments in the city.

Arusha is going to become Tanzania’s 5th city after Dar-es-salaam, Mwanza, Tanga and Mbeya.

The safari capital of Arusha however ranks second to Dar es Salaam when it comes to revenue collections, beating the other three cities.

Arusha which came into being in 1900 was declared a township in 1948 and became a Municipality in 1980. It was placed on fast track onto becoming a city on the 1st of July 2005 but the highest urban status was placed on hold pending some adjustment to the town’s topography.

Before reaching that stage, there has been a lot of dilly-dallying as the city authority was still working on some areas that needed to be worked on.

Some of the areas the municipality was supposed to upgrade and improve are infrastructures and expanding its mapped area in order to boost population as well as ‘killing off’ the 11 villages which still existed within the precinct, by upgrading them into either Wards or Streets.

Arusha is the mostly recognized city in Tanzania from the international perspective, being the country’s tourism capital and home to a number of international organizations and institutions like the African Court on Human and People’s rights, Eastern, Central and Southern African Health community and the East African Community.

The town has been hosting the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda since 1995 as well as the Pan-African Postal Union headquarters.
Source: The Guardian, http://www.ippmedia.com, reported by Lusekelo Philemon in Dar es Salaam

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